Fear is utilize to intimidate the powerless, or to advance a political cause. Fear, very fittingly right now, will be marketed in costumes, candies and and some chilling entertainment this Halloween weekend.
Fear is real. But most of the things we fear are not! They are illusions.
We fear things that are not real, not yet, not likely.
Why do we let fear steal our joy away? Why do we allow fear to fill us with worry? From a place of trust and delight, fear would sometimes drag us to a dark corner of dread and indecision. And we all know that is not healthy.
But to be "fear-less" they say, we must acknowledge our fear. That we will never learn courage unless we admit that we are frightened. Most importantly, we should not "fear" to feel afraid. Because the highest expression of courage is not the lack of fear but the willingness to act in spite of it.
I found in life that the most valuable things are found in places and conditions that we fear most. Hidden there are gifts we have not seen yet because we have avoided those roads all our lives.
Furthermore, when we confront that which we fear most, it releases us from the bondage of limitation. It touches our weak points and transforms them into strengths. It not only changes us, it frees us!
So, face that problem; send another application form; talk to that antagonist; write that note of apology; obey that calling; share that vision to others. Whatever you do, do not avoid that which hinders you from living a full life of freedom and discovering your best God- given potentials!
Lastly, we can experience courage because we are not to face the battle alone. God encourages us, 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)