Thursday, December 03, 2009

Fear and Faith

Fear has a way of creeping in, little by little with many varying thoughts ; she looked at me strangely she must have a negative impression of me, what if I never accomplish what I want to accomplish, what if my kids are rebellious, what if people make fun of me, getting up to high off the ground will cause me to freak out, I am afraid of rejection etc. add your own in their and basically it is common human everyday behavior. In fact couldn't gossip even be looked at as fear, fear that our life isn't 'good-enough' so we need to make someone else look bad so that we can think that our life is better. Fear seems to be so common place in everyday life and readily accepted, it is not uncommon to hear people on a regular basis speak fear-filled words and we don't even think twice about it.

Can the same be said for faith-filled words? In my opinion no probably not, it seems that faith-filled words these days spoken out loud seem to be looked at as kookey or 'super-spiritual' or simply not the norm. When someone speaks positive faith-filled words it tends to be viewed as unrealistic. The lean towards the negative fear aspect of things is so strong that it is sometimes easier to stay in fear than push back with faith.

I heard a quote recently that brought these two words together in a way that made perfect sense to me, it clicked, and these words were ~ Fear and Faith both ask you to believe in that which is unseen. That really got me thinking about my own life, what am I believing in the most; the voice of fear that always tells me that I'm never good enough, that I am so afraid of the 'what ifs' in life that I will never take the step over the fear, or am I listening to the voice of Faith that tells me that ALL things are possible, that no matter what the obstacles may be there will be a pathway out.

Is the road of fear sometimes the easier route? Possibly yes but it is not the route that will bring true happiness and contentment in life. Living by faith means taking the risk to face the fear no matter what our feelings may be. Turning down the voice of fear for me means constantly reminding myself to turn up the voice of faith so that the voice of faith is so loud the voice of fear is but a distant rumble.

That is my goal on this journey through life and although I may not always win against fear I will do my best and know that I am not perfect and where I fall short God is there through it all to help me, walk beside me and guide me because through Him ALL things truly are possible!!!

2Timothy 1:7 ~ God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.


ValleyGirl said...

Man, I've heard that quote now from three different sources, so I'm betting you all go to the same church!! It's interesting how that statement seems to really be resonating with a lot of people.

So true.

andrea said...

the voice of fear is not from God! I need to start tuning out those fears and be who God wants me to be. Beautifully written...thanks for this post! powerful!

Jody said...

Great post! I've never thought about the comparison of fear and faith in that way. Thanks for sharing. Miss you!!