Surrender: Part II
There’s no need to fear what tomorrow will bring; it will be as it should. You can turn your tomorrows over to God, as well. The most powerful place you can be is found in this present moment, right now! You don’t need to regret what you did yesterday, because you are where you are – today – for good reason. And it’s your decision to give over your will and your life (these present circumstances where you live and breathe right now) to your Higher Power.
Surrender is the third step in your climb to attain freedom of desire. If you are convinced of your powerlessness over your attachments and addictions, you are ready to believe in a Higher Power that can save you, and restore you to sanity. But your belief is not just a certainty in a Higher Power, but a conviction that your Higher Power is able to restore you to sanity. And this kind of belief requires that you surrender; indeed, it demands faith.
So, what is faith, anyway? Faith is actually a combination of three characteristics: 1) Courage; 2) Acceptance; 3) Trust.
We all have things that we are afraid of. Small children are afraid of the dark; some adults are afraid of small spaces while others fear open spaces. Almost everyone fears death – and even more fear public speaking. Courage is not the eradication of fear. Fear is an emotion that can never be removed – nor should it!
Fear is what has kept us alive for thousands of years. It prevents me from crossing the street without checking for oncoming traffic; it teaches me to handle a sharp knife with respect.
But we have fears that have no rational foundation, no reason for being there. These are the fears that prevent us from doing the right thing, and fuel us into doing the wrong thing. And it takes courage to overcome fear, and enable us to rise above it.
Love is actually the opposite of fear. When love shows up, fear disappears. Just as darkness is the absence of light and cold is the absence of heat, fear is the absence of love. Love is an energy that brings light and heat – spiritual energy – to a human life that is ruled by fear. Love is what causes us to act courageously.
Courage allows us to give up blaming others for our misfortune. Regret is how we feel when we blame ourselves. Blame and regret grow in the heart that is unable to courageously face the fear that it encounters. It takes courage to ‘let go’ of blame and regret.
Courage is required if you are to slay the dragon of fear in order to attain what you really desire.