Currently, I’m reading C.S. Lewis book, “The Problem of Pain.” I decided to read this book because of course, it’s on the topic of pain, and since I believe that health is a whole body issue; naturally, I believe that pain is also a whole body issue as well. Thus, I found his introduction to be quite interesting, specifically this section on Life.
“It is so arranged, that all the forms of it can live only by preying upon one another. In the lower forms this process entails only death, but in the higher there appears to be a new quality called consciousness which enables it to be attended with pain. The creatures cause pain by being born, live by inflicting pain, and in pain they mostly die. In the most complex of all the creatures, Man, yet another quality appears, which we call reason, whereby he is enabled to foresee his own pain; which henceforth is preceded with acute mental suffering, and to foresee his own death while keenly desiring permanence. It also enables men by a hundred ingenious contrivances to inflict a great deal more pain than they otherwise could have done on one another and on the irrational creatures.”
There’s just so much here in this one statement. Did you ever consider that you might have a predatory attitude? Let’s look at that concept, because your spirit controls your mind and your mind controls your actions. At least, that is how it’s supposed to be. Otherwise, you are a walking calamity; a person out of control. Here’s the first thing that came to mind, and it sums it up really well.
Pro 1:10 My child, if sinners entice you, turn your back on them!
Pro 1:11 They may say, “Come and join us. Let’s hide and kill someone! Just for fun, let’s ambush the innocent!
Pro 1:12 Let’s swallow them alive, like the grave; let’s swallow them whole, like those who go down to the pit of death.
Pro 1:13 Think of the great things we’ll get! We’ll fill our houses with all the stuff we take.
Pro 1:14 Come, throw in your lot with us; we’ll all share the loot.”
Pro 1:15 My child, don’t go along with them! Stay far away from their paths.
Pro 1:16 They rush to commit evil deeds. They hurry to commit murder.
I believe that this could have more than one application. Despite the fact that this is talking about a physical level of action, it is also talking about a spirit and a mindset. There’s a certain spirit and mindset that is directed in this manner. It’s a sad state of being. Look at the motivation and drive. This type feeds and thrives on envy. Greed drives them. The thing is, the spirit behind this mindset is fear. This is a type that is too insecure and afraid to take a risk and build something, or become something themselves. They think they’re taking a risk to steal from someone else. They think this equates to bravery, but it is cowardice and foolishness. The next part explains why.
Pro 1:17 If a bird sees a trap being set, it knows to stay away.
Pro 1:18 But these people set an ambush for themselves; they are trying to get themselves killed.
Pro 1:19 Such is the fate of all who are greedy for money; it robs them of life.
The problem is, a person on this sort of path, cannot see. They don’t understand that it is their own spirit, and mindset that is leading them to their destruction. This is a pain path. Some people will no doubt look at this and think that since this sort of physical aggression is not part of their life; this does not apply to them or to their pain issues. I beg to differ. You see, this same premise can be applied to mental aggression against a co-worker or boss. It can apply to the same type of aggression against anyone in authority, or in power over you. It can apply to your “competition” in business or in sports or a game. There are many applications that this same spirit can provoke.
Pro 1:20 Wisdom shouts in the streets. She cries out in the public square.
Pro 1:21 She calls to the crowds along the main street, to those gathered in front of the city gate:
Pro 1:22 “How long, you simpletons, will you insist on being simpleminded? How long will you mockers relish your mocking? How long will you fools hate knowledge?
Pro 1:23 Come and listen to my counsel. I’ll share my heart with you and make you wise.
This section reminds me of the word I chose for my local Toastmaster’s group last week. I was the Grammarian, and as such, I was responsible to listen for errors in language and sentence structure. I also had to pick the word of the day, for us to try to find an impromptu way to use it in the course of any speech or topic we discussed that evening. My word choice was “Repent.”
As I told my fellow Toastmasters, this is a word that many people shy away from. It is a word that people don’t want to hear or use, and I think that it is because of the way it has been used, and sometimes abused; leaving a very bad impression. The reason is because of how we have seen or heard this word being used. It has usually been from some zealot, who is either using the word to beat us over the head from a pulpit; or its Gandalf‘s cousin in the street with a sign as a warning.
I’m not saying I’m opposed to those of the church attempting to reach out with warnings. However, Jesus wasn’t yelling in the street when he said, “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” He wasn’t bashing people over the head with the ideology, or calling them whoremongers or sinners who were going to hell, while attempting to communicate His Word. The only people He called out like that were the Pharisees, and He called them vipers, not sinners.
In actuality, the word, “Repent” is a great and very helpful word that everyone should consider daily. Here’s why. All of us are on a path. Whether you know it or not, you are on a journey. Think of any great movie you’ve watched where the main characters went on an epic journey, facing their fears, and discovering courage they didn’t know they possessed. Oftentimes, in the midst of these experiences, certain characters who have either no, or low regard for themselves and others; end up surprising themselves and their companions with acts of decency. Why? Because it’s all about the journey, not the end goal.
In every journey, you are going to encounter forks in the road…distractions meant to pull you off course, and away from your prime directive. At times like that this word is the required action, because it is a call for you to come to your senses. The word “Repent,” simply means “to turn around, turn back, rethink, or change your mind.” It’s a call for you to awaken from your slumber, and get back on track; to regain your focus so you can get the job done; do the dang thang; or finish running your race. It’s a beacon to help you find yourself, and your way back to the correct path, and away from the foolishness you got caught up in.
Now, why is this relevant to pain? If you are a predatory person; one with a predator’s spirit; you are causing harm. To cause harm is to cause pain. And by now, most people get the fact that for every action, there is a reciprocal action (even in the spirit), that goes out, or is emitted. There’s a subsequent fallout energetically that, at some point, will bounce back at you. It is the principle of reaping what you sow; the law of attraction. So then, the question is…if you are a person that is causing harm…causing pain from your spirit and attitude towards others; how then shall you escape the backlash?
Pro 1:24 “I called you so often, but you wouldn’t come. I reached out to you, but you paid no attention.
Pro 1:25 You ignored my advice and rejected the correction I offered.
Pro 1:26 So I will laugh when you are in trouble! I will mock you when disaster overtakes you—
Pro 1:27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster engulfs you like a cyclone, and anguish and distress overwhelm you.
Pro 1:28 “When they cry for help, I will not answer. Though they anxiously search for me, they will not find me.
Pro 1:29 For they hated knowledge and chose not to fear the LORD.
Pro 1:30 They rejected my advice and paid no attention when I corrected them.
Pro 1:31 Therefore, they must eat the bitter fruit of living their own way, choking on their own schemes.
Pro 1:32 For simpletons turn away from me—to death. Fools are destroyed by their own complacency.
Pro 1:33 But all who listen to me will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm.”
The verses above were taken from the New Living Translation.