“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.”
1. What are your greatest fears?
2. How often is fear the greatest influence in your choices?
Facing fear to live a better story,