Some Thoughts About Fear
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“Fear never wrote a symphony or poem, negotiated a peace treaty, or cured a disease. Fear never pulled a family out of poverty or a country out of bigotry. Fear never saved a marriage or a business. Courage did that. Faith did that. People who refused to consult or cower to their timidities did that. But fear itself? Fear herds us into a prison and slams the doors.” – Fearless by Max Lucado
I am reading the book, Fearless by Max Lucado, and this part really had be thinking. I am a fearful person. I always have been. It is has been something I have struggled with my whole life, and something I have never been really able to overcome.
When I read this quote, it really hits me. None of those things could have been done if those people has been fearful.
“Fear never wrote a symphony or poem.”
Think of all the beautiful music written by people who were unafraid. Unafraid that they would fail, and unafraid of what people thought. Think of Fanny Crosby who wrote about 8,000 hymns, and she was blind! If she had been afraid to write them we would not have had those beautiful hymns today.
“Fear never negotiated a peace treaty or cured a disease.”
For those generals and soldiers who were not afraid to step out with their white flag, and ask for peace. For those who dedicate their whole lives to the cure of a disease. They are not afraid of catching that disease, they only care about curing it. If they feared it like some would, we would not have the cures, and shots that save us today.
“Fear never saved a marriage or a business.”
Think of all the people who are may be afraid to step out and take the first step to saving their marriage. Think of all those who were unafraid to take that first step, and what a difference it made in their lives.
There are so many amazing things that people have done because they did not let fear interfere with their lives! If we let fear control our life, how can we live life to the fullest? We can’t. I don’t know about you, but I am going to determine to not let fear run my life. I don’t have to live in fear in worry of every little thing, I can have courage and trust in the Lord, and live life to the fullest!
This is an awesome message. Thank you so much for sharing. I, too, have been living in fear for quite some time now. Mostly, from being so shy growing up (and still a little now with new people).
But, let's face it, even the littlest accomplishments can occur when you become unafraid. For example, for me, I cracked my shell when I went off to college and I had to make it on my own (for the most part). If I left it up to being shy I would never have even made friends my first two years. But I became less afraid and ended up making some of the best friends I have during those first two years of college!
p.s. As far as baby boy's name goes, we won't announce anything until he's made his debut. The main reason for this is because we still have NO idea what we plan on naming him. I have a feeling we may not make up our mind until we see his sweet face anyway.
I'm anxious to finish up his room. And I'm excited to see what little Adam's room looks like too. Good luck with the move. I hope it goes well. What is your move-in date?
Wow. Thank you so much for posting this! I totally needed that today. =) I am a worrier. I worry about everything. I don't think I ever realized that worry is linked to fear…thanks for letting God use you! I may be going to get this book.
What a great post!! I worry — a lot. It's just my nature. And some days I just need a message like this to pull me closer to God and let Him take care of me and my fears.
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I feel like you were writing this post FOR ME. I live my life motivated by fear. At times, that's been a good thing. I was afraid my mom would find out if I did anything wrong when I was younger, so I didn't do it. But now, I don't find a new job because I'm afraid to lose the security of my current one… I don't tell a friend how what she's been saying about me really hurts my feelings because I'm afraid to hurt HER feelings… it's a vicious cycle. One I should break.
Hey, maybe THAT'S what I'll do for Lent! I'll give up being afraid!
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Beautiful and so true
I've been having issues with fear lately, and I've stopped myself in the middle of my almost-panic-attack, and just took a deep breath then prayed. Immediately, I've felt a sense of calm. And I'm so grateful.
Beautiful message. Thanks for sharing! 🙂
Hmm…I should get this book.
So true! As the Bible tells us, God has not given us the spirit of fear – so I guess we know who our fears come from!
It's so very hard to not have fear in our lives in some ways, that's something I struggle with but, Such a great topic! And I didn't know you wrote for Wives of Faith, I LOVE that website!
Love this. Thanks so much. I may check out the book. That was my new year's resolution – to quit letting fear control my life. It is so, so binding…I hate it. I know the truth but it is hard to get it to go deep. Sometimes, it's just 'do it afraid.'
Thanks for writing! I can def relate!!
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Great post! I struggle with fear a lot, but I constantly trying to remind myself that with Christ I have no reason to be afraid. Thanks for posting this (and for following!).
I too struggle with fear. (Mainly the fear of losing my husband and daughter.) It's crazy! Thanks for this post! It is an encouragement to not freak out so much!!
This is so true! What a great post. Fear sure binds us somethings strong, huh?!
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You are so right about fear. I keeps you from going where God wants you to go when He will guide you through it when you trust in Him.
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I stumbled oevr here from Elizabeth's comments today. I share your feelings about fear, but what your words here don't say is that many people are afraid and do these things anyway. I think it is easier to be afraid and go through that fear than to expect myself to not be afraid. That would be too hard for me!
I actually blogged about this very topic if you are interested in how another hopeless worrier copes with fear!
Took the words right out of my mouth, Anna. Having just written a book my publishers are over-the-moon about, I can say that I was scared silly the whole time, but kept going. It’s like that saying: courage is being scared and saddling up anyway! Plus, God says that in our weakness He is strong. So what if the exercise is less “I need to stop being afraid” and more “I need to lean harder in to Him when I am… so I can be entirely who He wants me to be”?