They can motivate you to keep going or freeze you in your tracks.
They can make you cry out or quiet your voice to a whisper.
They can own you or arouse the need for freedom, deep within your soul.
Don’t let the voices in your head decide how you view life. Fear is real. We all deal with it, so don’t run from it. Instead, dig deep into it. Find out where it’s coming from.
What are you truly afraid of?
Are you afraid of failure—or the pressure of success?
Are you afraid of dying—or the sense of missing out?
Are you afraid of being alone—or opening yourself up to the vulnerability of being in a relationship?
Sit back, take a breath, and face today’s fears. Speak aloud to them if you need to. Their power tends to shrink and flee when challenged. Fear tends to flee when faced with truth:
“My God says he will never leave me nor forsake me.
“My God says he has a plan for my life.
“My God cries when a sparrow falls, yet he loves me even more.”
Trust that you have the tools to combat fear … just for today. The glory of it all is that the tools you need for tomorrow will return when you need them. Depression or fear may come again tomorrow, too, but you can be ready.
It’s crucially important to be ready. In John 14:1, Jesus said, “Do not let your heart be troubled (afraid, cowardly). Believe [confidently] in God and trust in Him, [have faith, hold on to it, rely on it, keep going and] believe also in Me.”
Remember God. Remember Jesus. Remember the sparrow.
Dedicated to my father, who on a lonely morning in the fall of 1979, forgot to remember.