This is probably the second or third time I’ve talked about fear on the blog (I’ve discussed it here) because I personally have issues with fear. I don’t have an anxiety disorder or anything (well, at least I don’t think I do). It’s more that I allow my mind to run wild with “what ifs,” and the scenarios I think up can be pretty scary. For example, what if Quentin and I get married, and then he dies a week later? Or, what if someone attacks my mother on her way home from work? Or, what if my father or brothers end up in jail for something they didn’t do?
Fear can be crippling. It can keep us from living our best lives.
Fear is the absence of trust in God.
A lot of us think we have faith in God and trust Him to make the most of our lives, but if we’re living in fear, we really don’t have any faith at all. It’s the hard truth. That’s why constant prayer is so important, especially for those of us who struggle with fear. Communication with God, speaking our fears to Him and asking Him to increase our faith, is the only way I’m ever able to get over my fears. I’m praying all the time: on the commute to work, when I’m out with friends, before big meetings, and lately, every time I start working on my latest projects.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I recently applied for a business license here in New York. God has given me two wonderful ideas, and I’m intent on pursuing them. The goal is to be 100% self-employed in the very near future. I know this is the direction in which God is leading, but I still have my fears: what if the business fails? What if I spend my savings and can’t make the money back? What if I end up having to work for someone else for the rest of my life???
Our fears can seem like a big deal to us, but Jesus tells us in Luke 12 that fear and worry are really just a waste of time. Our fretfulness and worrying won’t change the outcome of a situation. Instead of worrying about our lives, we should trust that God will provide all that we need. We should focus on our relationship with Christ, “seeking the Kingdom of God first,” and letting God take care of the rest.
The next time fear invades your peace, say a prayer! Ask God for the faith to trust Him to handle whatever is worrying you at that moment. Don’t let fear stick around!
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