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Greetings from Creepy Creeper-Land

April 5, 2014

Creeper-land

Kids can teach us a lot.

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My friends child
asked me to sew him a creeper.

A strange wish,
above all, because he was very afraid of creepers,
in such a way, that he hardly dared to sleep alone after playing Minecraft.

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After I have been fighting against illness and struggled with my fears,
I understand this Creeperstory better.

This boy wanted me to make him a Creepercharacter,
because he wanted to socialize with it, even sleep next to it.

He wanted to get used to Creepers appearance and presence in everyday life,
Even when he was sleeping,
So that he no longer had to fear Creepers when he plays Minecraft,
or in any other way.
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Now, you probably already guess what I’m leading to

I think that this young man has a wise approach to practical matters.
He has an ability to manage everyday fears.
At least he has one tool that works in practice.

Now days his Creeper shares his room and has been at school (as the best soft toy he owns).

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It is no wonder that it is written:

the disciples came to Jesus and asked,
Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them.
And they said:

Truly I tell you, Unless you change and become like little children,
you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child
is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

Matthew 18:1-5

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My adult perspective on fears is often too complex.
It happens that I wouldn’t like to deal with them at all,
as if they would disappear by themselves
and that’s surely NOT going to happen.
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So, what did I learn?
In my opinion,
You have to know your fears and your weaknesses:
Weaknesses are important, because fears are often connected to them.
I often feel inadequate and incompetent.
Those feelings make a perfect grow ground for different fears.
Sometimes you can work more,
accomplish more or educate yourself to get rid of those feelings.
But, in the end of the day, you have to face the fact,
that you cannot totally rule your life,
predict you future, or make yourself completely successful.
You can build a good foundation for success,
but you can’t prevent the existence of loss or disappointment in your life.
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So, I have to be aware of negative impacts and different problem areas in my life.
As with the Creeper,
I have to model them,
so, that I can look at them from different angles,
get to know their true essence.
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Fears have a suicidal effect on our energy.
Minecraft Wiki explains that:

Creepers are common hostile mobs that use a suicide-style attack:
They approach players and then explode,
causing massive damage to players, entities, and blocks within a short radius.”

Yep, Creeper is a good metaphor for a lot of different types of fears.

Fears cause massive damage:

they prevent us from thinking clearly
and working in the best possible way.
They prevent us from choosing wisely.

Fears eat a huge amount of energy,
a fear-explotion feels as a stone or pain in your stomach, tears you up inside out,
and sucks out the energy you need for living a balanced life.

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Creepers spawn in the overworld at night, just like most other hostile mobs.
However, unlike Zombies and Skeletons,
Creepers will not catch fire in sunlight,
and those spawned in darkness will continue to roam in daylight
until they perform an attack, are killed, or despawn.

Creepers are especially dangerous due to their near-silent approach,
save for light footsteps and an occasional rustling noise.
A Creeper will warn the player moments before it explodes with an infamous burning fuse noise.
If the player can manage to move far enough within about one second of this noise,
the explosion will be cancelled, and the creeper will attempt to approach again.”

Indeed, fears are worse at night, between 2 and 5 a.m,
but they certainly don’t disappear in sunlight,

and they will come back, until you’ve dealt with them thoroughly.

Fears are unpredictable.
We remember them from unexpected things,
or we get them from unforeseen events.

There is no special warning sound for fears,
but a burning feeling of anger is one characteristic element,
and it shows that fears have seized the power in your mind

– for that moment, at least.

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I put together a collage of Creeper pictures.
Mostly, because I wanted to be a bit silly and childish,
but at the same time to make a serious statement for myself:

I have to know and understand my fears.

Everyday life can sometimes look like a sunny holiday card,
but in truth it contains a totally different situation.

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On the other hand, I know that we really don’t have to be worried or have any fears.

Our God has created each one of us, he knows our needs:

Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
Don’t be afraid.

Luke 12:7

 

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One Comment
  1. dkdk permalink

    so cute!!!

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