Oct. 13, 2016

Trigger Happy

A trigger can be defined one of two ways: 1) “a small device that releases a spring or catch and so sets off a mechanism, especially in order to fire a gun;” and, 2) “cause (an event or situation) to happen or exist.” While one is a noun and one is a verb, I kind of think they are the basically the same thing.

It’s been a rough week, hasn’t it? For me, it’s been a rough month. Let’s be honest, this election season (combined with our own life events) has triggered a great deal for many of us (especially women) and it feels as though a gun (or a cannon is more like it!) has gone off. Now we have friendly fire in the church and I am just as guilty as anyone else.

When you believe in something with great passion, the smallest of events can trigger the emotional gun to fire. What I realized halfway through the week is that I was shooting innocent people. All because of my “stuff.” If the truth be known, you have your own “stuff” and we see life differently because of all that “stuff.”  My “stuff” is very personal – as is yours. “Stuff happens.” Continuously.

I’ve imposed a cease fire in my physical, emotional, mental and spiritual space. A trusted and understanding friend is holding me accountable asking me not to fire my big ol’ emotional gun. She is reminding me to limit social media and to reduce the amount of news streaming into my mind and into my home. When we stop feeding the frenzy, the frenzy fades.

Who is right? Time will tell. In the meantime, we are all doing the best we can with the “stuff” we’ve been given. Something tells me more “stuff” waits for us just ahead. Life, after all, is about the connection of the “stuff” we encounter until we meet Jesus at the end of the road. Let’s share Jesus until He gets here, shall we?

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