Yesterday I talked about how we put off doing certain things. Sometimes this can be down to something we call ‘fear’. Defined in the dictionary as “A feeling of anxiety concerning the outcome of something or safety of someone” or “An unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger, pain or harm.” We often can feel this as an emotion. We rarely these days need the ‘flight or fight’ response they would have done in caveman times. However, our modern response to a ‘perceived fear or threat’ can be just as harmful to our health. Stress – often a response to fear or anxiety- is the main contributor to ill health of our day.
How can we use these feelings to achieve a more positive response? Yes, it is possible to use ‘fear’ to actually motivate us. Eleanor Roosevelt said “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.” What a great sense of achievement and how proud we can be, when managing to do something we fear or are worried about. Sometimes what you think is difficult, is actually less so, once you actually get started.
Another way to look at fear is with this acronym – False Evidence Appearing Real. The devil wants us to stop doing good or productive things, so he fills us with fear. If we look at it through God’s eyes and believe we can achieve anything, then the fear will just fall away. Why not ask God to help you to face those fears today?