Jesus Takes A Nap

How to be a non-anxious presence in this world

How we respond to storms both forms and reveals our character. Our response is the only part we can control.

There are two main types of responses that I see:

Response #1—Reactionary

I remember driving in the tropical storm in Florida and seeing a huge piece of metal roof, flying around like a feather. This is one way to respond — untethered, blown around by the chaos. This can be our response. We can be tossed around by the wind and waves, effected by every chaotic event. This response is signified by continual worry, riding an emotional roller coaster, and a quick temper.

Response #2—Anchored

I love watching palm trees in a storm. They appear to be frail and thin, but can withstand fierce wind better than any other tree. They bend, but don’t break. They remain anchored because of their roots.

The Waves and Wind Know My Name

My all-time favorite album cover, is Thom Yorke’s “Eraser.” The image is haunting and meditative and provocative. It’s inspiring to me, probably because it reminds me of Jesus.

Influence

This is not a call for avoidance or resignation. There is an interesting term called the “Ostrich Effect,” in which people hope problems go away by ignoring them. Sticking our head in the sand and pretending nothing bad is happening, is not acceptable.

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I’m a communicator. I write and speak because I want us to learn how to flourish. adamhendrix.com

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Adam Hendrix

I’m a communicator. I write and speak because I want us to learn how to flourish. adamhendrix.com