Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your
requests to God. And the peace of God, which
transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts
and your minds in Christ Jesus.
What scares you?
Being scared is a normal human trait. I believe we all have been scared one time or another. Fear
begins at birth. A baby cries out of fear, a toddle hides under the blankets, scared of the monsters
under the bed and a high school may tremble at that thought of not being accepted. Fear is
something that follows us all of our lives. Fear is defined as an unpleasant emotion caused by the
belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. How many of us
have feared or felt threatened one time or another in the pas month? Week? Day?
It is so easy to become consumed with fear in today’s world. With all the unpleasant events -
floods, hurricanes, school shootings, the economic fears of rising prices... the list goes no. In a
perfect world our lives would not be problematic, but we wouldn’t have a need for God. I know
that I have written on fear before, but for some reason I have felt the need to elaborate.
How many of you reading this have had a goal or a picture for your life, but haven’t taken the
step to make it happen? For example, how many of you have wanted to start your own business
but haven’t because you have thought to yourself, “what if it doesn’t work?” Or how many of you
have wanted to take that next step in your relationship but don’t because again you think, “what if
it doesn’t work?” Or maybe you haven’t applied for that job you want, gone back to school to get
that degree, try for children... again, the list is really endless and different for every person. There
are so many things we prevent ourselves from doing because we are scared. How can we grow
into who God wants us to be if we are held by fear.
How to do we fix this?
Pray. Ask God if this is part of His plan, then take action. How will you ever know if something
works if you don’t give it a try? What is the worst thing that happens? If it doesn’t work then it
doesn’t work. There are plenty of things we do daily that don’t work, and when they don’t we
simply move on. Fear is the product of our thoughts we create. Danger is very real, but fear is a
That’s right! FEAR IS A CHOICE. Will you choose to break free of the chains of trepidation or
will you surrender to them and be tied down? Most people are paralyzed by fear.
Had I let fear tie me down I would not have this magazine. I have had several people tell me how
they enjoy the letter from the editor and to keep writing. I have feared to continue writing or doing
my own page in the magazine. Why? I’ve been scared to be real with people about my past, but
I have nothing to lose. I am who I am and I believe God uses our circumstances and tragic events
in our life for His good. So thank you to those who have inspired me to overcome my fear.
Check out page 34 to read my first full-length letter from the article.