Imagine seeing one of these at your doorstep when you wake up in the morning. The first thing you'd do is run as far away from it as possible. Lions are quite frightening, aren't they?
Now here’s a friendly face. Most Jamaicans, especially us females, shriek at the sight of a giant anole, more commonly known as the green lizard. I remember an incident where my cat brought one of these into my sister's room. She was scared.
There are many animals that people fear; the ferocious animals of the wild, the harmful and harmless insects and even some common pets. Why are we afraid of them, though? Is it because of the potential harm that they could cause us? Is it because they are ugly and scary looking? Or perhaps their size in comparison to ours?
We are now at the end of this series and, I would love to bring these stories to your attention…
The story of Samson and Delilah
Samson was a man born with the mission of delivering Israel out of the hands of Philistines. One man was meant to deliver his people out of the hands of an entire nation. Before he was even conceived, the Lord sent an angel to inform his mother of the greatness and abnormal strength the Lord had in store for him. He was a man intended to live prosperously in the Lord, but the influence of evil associates made him let go of his only protection. Samson’s seeking of worldly pleasures led to his demise.
He fell in love with a Philistine woman named Delilah.
His attachment to this vile individual cost him his life. Delilah was employed by the enemies of Samson to discover his weakness.
15Then she said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when you won't confide in me? This is the third time you have made a fool of me and haven't told me the secret of your great strength.”
16With such nagging, she prodded him day after day until he was sick to death of it.
17So he told her everything.
Upon reading the title, I can imagine the induced skepticism that one might experience. Let's be honest the topic of discussion might sound ludicrous, how can someone be in the “world” but not of it?
How to approach fitting into a secular world.
Often as Christian youths, we struggle with placing our faith out in the open among our non-Christian peers. We worry about their view of us. Views such as: “He/she is boring and does nothing of interest; all he/she talks and cares about is God." In a world lacking faith, we are faced with the dilemma of curbing our faith to be accepted or exalting God at the chance of losing acceptance. We, at times, focus so much on being accepted that we strangle our faith.
My name is Serena Richards and I, along with other helpful contributors, and of course the inspiration of God have written these posts as a source of help FOR YOU <3