“Bigfoot and Monsters”
I’ve searched for bigfoot and monsters
And stopped before I started
In order to protect myself
I’ve always been most guarded
This is no real way to live
Be free, my friend
Don’t hold but give
Away control most freely
Because life is wonder to create
To release, let go, empowering
So be quick to do it easy
Because as the years pass
The seasons change
Wisdom left your newfound gains
As bodies fade from glory
Just beyond our knowing room
Another field of flowers blooms
Love’s everlasting story
I’ve been thinking a lot about bigfoot and monsters especially since the passing of Rachel Held Evans about whom you can read some thoughts in my post, Love Remains: My Eulogy for Rachel Held Evans. We all have them, these bigfoots and monsters. Those things which keep us from living our fullest lives. Fears, insecurities and doubts, about ourselves and others, are in no short supply. This is particularly true when we are confronted with the finality of life but it can happen anytime.
However, the older I get, the more I realize life is not about trying to hold on and control. Frankly, we can’t control life anyway. Still, uncertainty is not really my biggest monster if I’m honest with myself.
The biggest monster I face is the one inside of me. True power is to release the control I don’t really have anyway, to let my monsters go, and to embrace the freedom God’s love offers me. Love makes me a new creation. (2 Corinthians 5:17) This is true for you too.
It’s both as simple as knowing I’m not God and as difficult as I want it to be.
There will always be worldly struggles, life and death, and I am called to speak out for love and justice as much I can. I do not have to add to my struggles, though, by fighting against myself.
So, let me ask you.
What are your bigfoots and monsters?
What’s one way you can let them go this week?
(One way you might do this is to repeat the words, “God is bigger than my monsters,” every time doubt creeps in.)
Beyond yourself personally, maybe consider, “If I encounter someone who is struggling this week, how can I remind them they are loved by God as well?”
In living this out, showing love for yourself and those around you, do you think your monsters might seem a little smaller?
Try it and let me know how it goes. I look forward to your comments.
Wherever you are this day, I hope you’ll join me in reflection as we share this part of our journey together and remember, in the realm of justice and love,
“Love accepts you, no exceptions.”