When it comes to fear, we are all experts. Although some people may manage it better than others, no one is immune to the difficult and potentially debilitating emotions fear can stir up when we are confronted with dangers and worries, whether real or imagined.
Every time life hands us something new or difficult or just plain scary, fear seems to be waiting in the wings, ready to pounce on our serenity. Try as we might to ward it off on our own, there really is only one thing that can keep us from cowering in the darkness when we should be dancing in the light, and that is faith in God.
We’ve all seen that kind of fear-defying faith in action, perhaps without even recognizing it. It’s the relative who goes through a devastating personal loss but believes without hesitation that God’s plan is unfolding as it should. It’s the coworker who leaves behind the security of a full-time job to start the business of his dreams. It’s anyone who gets up in the morning and stares down the challenges of another day with trust that God is in control.
These brave souls, the ones who banish fear and live by faith, have managed to hear the whisper of the Spirit above the din of the world. They have taken the words of Scripture to heart: “Do not be afraid.”
“Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself…” —Matthew 6:34
To request an emailed pdf or printed copy of the complete, pamphlet-sized Christopher News Note, “Choosing Faith Over Fear,” send your request to writing to firstname.lastname@example.org