Well, let me tell you, I certainly felt differently about the warning in the welcome packet about bears now!. From then on we were constantly on guard as bears came out day and night looking for food. It was actually unusual to not see a bear. We never left food out, so we personally never had a problem. Others who barbecued or left garbage out however were constant targets. Often motion lights would come on in the wee hours of the night and loud banging was heard which was the sound of garbage bins being knocked over. One day we saw the biggest bear of all sitting on his bottom in front of a big bag of garbage acting like a kid in a candy store! Unbelievable. We chuckled as well as a big mess was made in front of the cabin ironically called “The Bear Necessities,” as the bears had raided their garbage the night before.
It has been said there are three kinds of people in this world. Those who watch things happen. Those who make things happen and those who wonder what happened. We saw examples of all three types with their response to the bears. We "watched," very carefully I might add. We learned to be cautious spectators and would often see things happen such as bears at other cabins as the garbage was available for them. We followed wise counsel and we were fine. Those who left the garbage out on a regular basis or barbecued frequently "made" the bears come by their cabins whether intentionally or not, by not following good advice. A clear example of someone who "wondered what happened" was a guy we observed throwing hot dogs to a bear. When Phil advised him not to do that he replied “I don’t know why this bear keeps coming around OUR cabin all the time?" Hmmm… I wonder why?
I have met people throughout my life who often act like my hot dog throwing friend. They question why life has done them wrong. They wonder why negative things are always happening to them. They are confused when things don’t quite go as planned. They don’t see the big picture and blame fate, or bad luck or God for their troubles. Like the hot dog throwing guy, they don’t know why trouble comes their way, when in reality they are basically rolling out the welcome mat for heartache and strife by their poor choices and behaviours. They are feeding the bear in their lives and are left with the consequences. We were successful because we minded our own business, listened to wise advice, took our safety seriously and looked out for each other. Many others knew what to do to avoid bear troubles, but chose not to do them and guess what like it or not their cabins were the bears’ favourites. Actions have consequences and a person can only get away with negative behaviour for so long without it catching up to him or her. Sometimes it takes a big crisis for that A-ha moment to come. Sometimes a person has a revelation, or another person can help to enlighten someone he or she cares about deeply.
The Bible says that God wants us to have abundant life. God does not want us to just exist. His desire is for us is to live life to the fullest, but we have to do our part to make sure that happens. If we are having issues in our lives we need to examine why these issues have arrived. "Bears" in our lives can be bad habits, toxic relationships, addictions, or negative emotions like fear and anxiety. To gain victory over these problem areas we must take a long hard look at what we are doing to keep the problems alive and well. Sometimes big changes need to happen or sometimes we may just need to tweak certain habits. Being able to admit our part and take responsibility is the first step to successful problem solving. We need to ask ourselves are we part of the problem or the solution? This is not easy but so necessary. It may require changing or ending relationships, starting or ending certain habits or avoiding certain places. Taking personal inventory is difficult work but also very empowering. I chuckle when my students find me at recess and complain that they don't want to be chased by someone. I always reply "If you don't want to be chased, stop running!" They always look at me like they have never thought of that before. I challenge you to examine your own issues and see with brutal honesty are you inviting “bears” to your door whether knowingly or unknowingly? I will do this too. Albert Einstein said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Let’s not be that way! Bears belong in the wild, not at our doors. They are attracted to our garbage, so as we clean up our lives, we can live in freedom! Here’s to a better life and as you strive to move forward watch out for the guy throwing hot dogs! He just doesn’t get it yet, but as you move towards your goal you can teach him a thing or two!
Until next time,
John 10:10 ~ I have come that they might have life and have it more abundantly.
Little Lesson Learned: If trouble comes knocking at your door, don’t answer, and certainly don't invite it in for coffee.
Copyright: littlelessonslearnedbydana, 2015