Uncertainty

The unknown, things that cannot be guaranteed, unpredictabilities, risks

The only certainty is that nothing is certain.  Pliny the Elder

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.  Voltaire

The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers. Erich Fromm

   Many have wondered what their lives would be like if they could look into a crystal ball and know the future. It would seem to be something we would not hesitate to do if we could. We could use our knowledge of future events to make better decisions and take advantage of opportunities that would benefit us and our families.

   Upon deeper thought and reflection an opportunity to know the future may not be the blessing it would appear to be. In fact, perhaps it would actually be better described as a curse rather than as a blessing. Would we be the person we are today, if we had not had all of the life’s experiences we have had thus far in our lives? Would it be a good thing or a bad thing to be spared the bad decisions, painful moments, missed opportunities, wrong turns and unforeseen circumstances that have been a part of all of our lives?

    We have seen stories about the lives of wealthy children who had money and privilege handed to them. Many of these children have lived lives filled with problems and tragedy. Were they blessed or cursed because of their lives of advantage? There are those who are born without effective immune systems. These individuals are in constant danger for their lives because they lack the ability to take on the bugs and germs of life and become stronger and more resilient in the process. A book or movie is not nearly as good the second time because we have acquired the ability to know the future as to what is going to happen.

    Uncertainty is an absolute essential aspect of life. We must experience the unknowns; face challenges, trials and tribulations, defeats, victories, wrong turns, and right turns. We are born as empty vessels. Life is the process of experiencing life. Every experience is critical to making us into who and what we have become and who we will be in the future. We are the sum total of everything we experience. As far as anyone knows, there is no short cut to this process. We do not learn to walk without falling down, ride a bike without falling and learn to swim without facing the fear of sinking before we swim. We do not grow and become without risking the unknowns and venturing into the uncertainties of life.

Challenge: Living in fear, burdened by doubt and worry are consequences of being ill-equipped for facing the daily uncertainties of life. You do not have to live this way. Instead of being pre-occupied by fear, doubt and worry, face life’s uncertainties with courage and determination. It requires a change of attitude. Determine to make better decisions, make the most of whatever happens, and learn and grow through all that happens.

Wisdom: Faith means living with uncertainty feeling your way through life, letting your heart guide you like a lantern in the dark.  Dan Millman

Spiritual: (NIV)

We live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:36

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7

Faith and confidence overcomes fear and uncertainty. The Bible is full of promises to that effect. We do not have face life filled with doubt and worry. We can place our trust in God and he will enable us to face the unknowns of life with the faith and confidence that he can provide us. We can live our lives as victims or we can choose to live life as victors. We can live in fear of the uncertainties or we can trust God to help us face life’s uncertainties.

Prayer: Help me to live in faith and confidence and to be a good example to others.

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