Darren Lippe helps facilitate Journey 101 “Loving God” classes, guides a 7th-grade Sunday school class, is a member of a small group & a men’s group, and serves on the Curriculum team.
Considering today’s passage, I thought we could “visit” with Mr. Fide, Chairman of The Society To Assess Menaces & Perils in the Every Day Environment. (S.T.A.M.P.E.D.E. for short.)
DL: So, Mr. Fide, what does your group do?
Terry Fide: Please call me Terry. Our Fear Engineers help our clientele evaluate the dangers & risks that they might encounter during a given day. Only with this complete appraisal, can our patrons make wise decisions on whether to get out of bed or not.
DL: I would guess your enterprise is quite successful in this day & age. I know I’ve even had fears writing these Insights – like the fear of grammatical mistakes. But I realized it was nothing to be afraid of. of which to be afraid. (Don’t end with a preposition. – Editor.) Anyway…
Terry Fide: We do have a busy market. We have to constantly update our clients & assess the uncertainties related to terrorism, the environment, crime, the economy, natural disasters, technological advances, &, well, I’m even afraid I may have left something out!
For example, we’ve had a fun case in Florida last week where we were even able to double dip. On one hand we had clients fearful of mosquitoes transmitting the Zika virus. On the other hand, when mass spraying was proposed to kill these same mosquitoes, we had clients fearful of the use of pesticides. Ca-Ching!
DL: Surely, this is just a blip in time.
Terry Fide: I hope not. We got our start with Y2K and have been rolling ever since. We now even have college students fearful of hearing opposing viewpoints in a lecture, so they enlist us to assess the danger of attending a speech. We’ve just developed an app for easier access. We call it the App-Rehensive.
DL: Clever. You know, today’s passage outlines a similar fear. 12 spies go to the Promised Land &, even though 2 positive reports come back, the Israelites are so persuaded by the 10 negative reports they opt to wait 38 years before attempting to enter the Promised Land.
Terry Fide: Ah, yes. I love this story! By the way I don’t call them spies, but rather consultants. They were just doing their job & helping to gauge the perils presented in the Promised Land. And the Israelites eventually got the land, so it all worked out in the end.
DL: But, an entire generation missed out on living their lives to the fullest & experiencing life as God intended.
Terry Fide: Well, yes. And to be honest, I would submit there was probably a lot of “Group-Think” going on. You know how committees work. Once one spy presented his “concerns” another spy probably chimed in with what he found “troubling” & another lists those things that he found “disquieting” & it snowballs from there. You see the same thing today when the same phrases start re-appearing in multiple news sources. But I don’t complain. As we say, “Every fear means another great year!”
DL: But what if we learned from the Israelite’s negative example & didn’t cave into that “group-think?” What if we recognized that, yes there are legitimate fears in every day life, but that we aren’t alone – that we can rely on God to be ever-present & to help us ultimately reach our own personal version of God’s Promised Land?
Terry Fide: Actually, I’m afraid that could work. Whoa, I need to run. We have family movie night tonight before our trip to Myrtle Beach on Saturday.
DL: Thanks for your time. What movie are you watching?
Terry Fide: Jaws.
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