Chicken Little

Stormy SeaBelieving the sky is falling and the world is coming to an end

Oh, cried Chicken Little, the sky is falling. I must go tell the king. Chicken Little

Certainly there are good and bad times, but our mood changes more often than our fortune. Jules Renard

Too often man handles life as he does the bad weather, He whiles away the time as he waits for it to stop. Alfred Polgar

   Chicken Little had an acorn fall on his head and concluded the sky was falling. He created a sense of panic as he proclaimed to everyone the end was coming. His gloom and doom found many ears and followers. Paranoia and panic became the norm. Many believed that their lives were in jeopardy and would soon come to an end.

    An old adage says misery loves company. We tend to believe the worst, are attracted to bad news, gossip and things that are negative. Politicians, the media and others use bad news to manipulate and control us. Gloom and doom is powerful and lures many into irrational beliefs, despondency, worry and even panic. Throughout history there are examples of mob mentality, panic, irrational paranoia and fear. Heinous and barbarous acts throughout history have been committed as a result of such lies, propaganda and false beliefs. People have been enticed to panic, riot and do foolish, horrible and uncivilized things. The Spanish Inquisition, Salem Witch Trials, Japanese Internment Camps, the Holocaust, Y2K are but a few. All sense of logic and reason becomes null and void.

   Lives have been lost or destroyed. Such irrational believes and actions cause much pain and misery. Too many are prone to believe these “conspiracy theories”. We are lured to such things just as moths are attracted to lights shining in the dark. Movies and books are made and written about these type things. Why is it we are so gullible?

   The story behind most of these hysterical beliefs and manifestations is mostly a myth, lie, or misunderstanding, usually nothing more than a small nugget of truth at most. Things get blown out of proportion as they are repeated, embellished, and heated up to fever pitch and epidemic status. It is always good to remember very little of the things we worry about ever comes to pass. We lose much and greatly lessen our quality of life as we allow ourselves to be susceptible to the Chicken Little Syndrome. We should lean toward being skeptical and cautious.  

    We should resist believing that the sky is falling. Our intelligence, experience and common sense should insulate us from much of this. There may be times where we have to think and exercise more caution. It is highly probable that the sky will continue to stay where it has always been. We will likely see the sun tomorrow.

Challenge: You probably are guilty of worrying about things that are not worth worrying about. Worry is counterproductive and wastes time, energy, and potential. Guard yourself against this tendency to easily give in to the irrational. Be objective and observant of what you listen to, hear, or read. Be aware of a lack of credibility and integrity in much of what finds its ways into the news and media. Be more skeptical, cautious and prudent.

Wisdom: A pessimist only sees the dark side of the clouds, and mopes; a philosopher sees both sides and shrugs; an optimist doesn’t see the clouds at all–he’s walking on them. Leonard L Levison

Spiritual: (NIV)

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Ps.32:8

Do not spread false reports. Do not help a wicked man by being a malicious witness. Exodus 23:1

Let the righteous rejoice in the Lord and take refuge in him; let all the upright in heart praise him! Psalm 64:10

The ways of the world can suck us in into believing all kinds of bad and negative things. We can get caught up and mesmerized by it. It can brings us down and rob us of our faith, confidence and vitality. Such beliefs and tendencies are contrary to what God has advised us to do. The Bible teaches us to keep our eyes, hearts and minds on him. He will lead us, care for us, and defend us from everything and anything that threatens us.

Prayer: Help me to remember that you are in control and sovereign over everything. I have nothing to fear.

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