Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Spiritually Speaking: Fear is Not Going to Hold Me Down!

There are times when I am stuck, times when I am frozen, doing nothing. There are times when people go with the flow even though they may be dissatisfied with the direction in which they are headed. Why then do we remain in the situation, whether it be unmoving or going in the wrong direction? Sure we can say it is because we are lazy (my favorite sometimes) or we don’t know what to do. I am sure we can come up with many reasons. How about fear?

Fear can take many forms in our lives and can be a reaction to so many things like failure or pain or even success. We can feel anxious, nervous or down right trepidatious at times. I have oftentimes let fear control me more that I like to admit and sometimes not enough. The thing is that we have to learn to balance fear and use it, not the other way around. We have to learn to listen to it without allowing fear to rule our lives.

Fear can motivate us and even be a little exciting. Overcoming that anxiety can be thrilling because we accomplished something despite ourselves. It can also be a warning, signifying that we are not ready or it is not time for a move yet. When I am in distress (after hours of torturing myself by just sitting in it), I like to pause, pray and be perceptive, analyzing why I am experiencing these negative feelings. Are they validated? What’s true and what aspect is just my imagination having fun with me. Everyone is a little neurotic at times which is okay as long as we remember to evaluate the reality of our situation.

Taking risks, living life, and finding our purpose in this world is not going to be without some level of fear. However, we don’t have to let the fear immobilize us. We can make it work for us. In the end, God can comfort us regardless of where we are, what we are doing (or not doing) and how we got there. In the end, he is the master of fear and ultimately we have nothing to truly worry about.

The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life of whom shall I be afraid? –Psalms 27:1 NKJV
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