When fear is an excuse…

“The most often repeated commandment in the Bible is ‘Do not fear.’ It’s in there over two hundred times. That means a couple of things, if you think about it. It means we are going to be afraid, and it means we shouldn’t let fear boss us around. Before I realized we were supposed to fight fear, I thought of fear as a subtle suggestion in our subconscious designed to keep us safe, or more important, keep us from getting humiliated. And I guess it serves that purpose. But fear isn’t only a guide to keep us safe; it’s also a manipulative emotion that can trick us into living a boring life… the great stories go to those who don’t give in to fear.”

–Donald Miller, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

It seems as if facing fear continues to be a theme around here. I’m slowly learning to recognize and face my own worries and anxieties. Friends are asking for prayer about things they fear most. And the “Dear Ginger” questions keep pouring in with repeated similarities: I’m afraid… I’m so scared… I’m worried… I can’t sleep… I’m terrified…

“The most often repeated commandment in the Bible is ‘Do not fear.’ It’s in there over two hundred times.”

Questions:

1. What are your greatest fears?
2. How often is fear the greatest influence in your choices?

Facing fear to live a better story,
Ginger

  • Becca Harris

    The greatest way I combat fear is to take time to remember. To remember all the ways God has taken care of me, not only in the hard things, but in the good things as well. I also recall how he has worked powerfully in the Bible – parting the Red Sea, providing manna, causing walls to fall with people simply walking and blowing a few trumpets, or shutting the mouths of lions, stopping the sun, causing enemies to turn on each other w/ the breaking of some glass jars, and killing giants with a sling and stone. Can you tell I have recited it to myself a few times? My God has never broken a promise, he is faithful. He is more powerful than anything and has control of all things. So when I worry or when I fear, I need the reminder – just as the Israelites did.

    • “My God has never broken a promise, he is faithful. He is more powerful than anything and has control of all things. So when I worry or when I fear, I need the reminder – just as the Israelites did.” Amen! Thanks for the reminder to remember, friend.