Fear is a bully. It intimidates us and takes the joy out of living. Fear grows until we do something about it. If we don’t do something about it, it consumes our life.
Fear is contagious. The more we hang out with fearful people, the more we pick up on their fear.
Let’s be honest. We all have fears. Little children fear ants; big kids fear rejection and not fitting in. Some of us fear confrontation, being left out, finances, or some hidden monster on the inside. The real question is: “How do I confront my fear?”
1. Confront your fear immediately. Do not allow it to grow. I find that much of my procrastination stems from fear. Why did I get that letter? What was that phone call about? Most letters and phone calls are not worth the fear. Do it now. Put it behind you. Fight against your fear immediately. “Do it now” is a great attack against procrastination.
2. Talk through your fear. See it for what it really is. “Self-talk” is a wonderful technique to help you with fear. A child uses self-talk when he says, “I know I can learn to ride this bike.” An adult uses self-talk when she says, “if my friend can get through this, I can too.” Paul used self-talk and God-talk when he said from prison, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
3. Let Scripture speak to your heart and mind. God’s Word is filled with helpful passages concerning fear. God knows that we struggle with fear on a daily basis. Some of us deal with it on an hourly basis because of some addiction or habit or because of the way we were raised or some childhood experience.
Find Scripture that speaks to your particular situation. Let God’s Word guard your heart and inspire you to act courageously. Remember, if you do the courageous act, you are courageous. It doesn’t matter how afraid you are on the inside. You have courage when you overcome your fear and do what’s right.
Some of favorite passages concerning fear:
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).
Please help the children who depend on you. Help them to confront their fear. Don’t belittle their fear; teach them. People who don’t learn to confront their fear miss out on much of life.
Simon Peter told us to humble ourselves before God and to cast all our anxieties on Him, because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:6-7).
Want to read more about fear and its consequences? http://waylonbailey.com/2011/07/fear-is-a-bully/
What techniques do you use to overcome your fear? Leave a comment below.
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