Giving Fear Power Over Your Life
Fear: False Evidence Appearing Real
For me, this has been a life long struggle. It seems for as long as I can remember I've always lived in fear. I am 37 now and honestly just now starting to understand how destructive fear has been in my life minus a few years here and there. I wish I could say I've conquered it and all is peachy and life is grand but the truth is I'm in one of those valleys yet, again and I figure writing about it will help to refresh things in my mind... sometimes I forget how awesome it is to live without the weight of fear after I have let it creep back into my life.
The answer is very simple but not easy. For me it is staying in touch with God who gives me that Good Orderly Direction that I need in order to take care of business in order to stay out of fear. If I'm not keeping up that connection then I'm wandering off doing my own thing which 9 times of 10 isn't the best thing for me or anyone else around me for that matter. A lot of the crisis that has happened in my life is self imposed. Ughhh.. I hate to admit that! Acting on bad decisions will put me out there in the quicksand.. seemingly without any way out. It's a scary place to be and though I know God's there waiting to give me a hand up and out I still seem "stuck" and unable to do anything about it. Fear paralyzes me.
To me living in faith is like jumping over a cliff. Sometimes situations confront me that bring a lot of fear. I either run or choose to face it. Many times I know in my heart the right thing to do but it's really hard sometimes. Regardless of the fear, I know God wants me to do it anyway whether or not I want to. So here's where faith comes in.. time to jump off that cliff... God says he's got me but what if??
Truth is every time I've trusted God and took that leap, the outcome has always brought inner peace and contentment. That quote "there's nothing to fear but fear itself" by Franklin D. Roosevelt is so true.. The outcome is never as horrible as I think it's going to be. I tend to think of the worse case scenario in any situation and lock in on that and make myself believe that is what will happen and in reality it just doesn't usually happen. What about those situations where the worst case scenario truly is possible or probable? I guess those are the times when I have to trust that God's gonna make it ok no matter what the outcome. At least I would feel better for doing the right thing.
The reward for acting in spite of my fear is awesome. It's a feeling of contentment and peace about a situation where fear no longer has any part. I wish I could have this freedom from fear in every situation for the rest of my life but unfortunately, fear is just going to keep on coming whether I want it to or not. I believe living under the oppression of fear destroys peoples lives and causes such chaos and in my case has hindered me from becoming the person that God truly wants me to be.
Can anyone relate?