If someone was to stop you in the street and ask you “What are you most afraid of?” How would you answer? Is it heights, public speaking, spiders , small spaces, or being scared of the dark?
These are just some of the most common fears that a huge percentage of people consider their greatest fear. Fear can be described as ‘being scared of something or someone’ which could cause harm or be dangerous. For me, its flying – I truly dislike it – and it scares me pretty much every time I go on a plane. Yes I’m that person who during turbulence thinks “this is it, I’m going to die, we are doing down”. I’m sure I’m not the only one who hates that feeling! Where this fear of planes and flying came from I’m not quite sure as I wasn’t always like that, but I do know that it has made me avoid certain things if it may involve flying, and this isn’t how God wants me to live – to avoid things in life because I’m scared – and this is in all areas of life.
But this is all to common. We avoid the things that we continually tell ourselves we can’t possibly do as they cause way to much fear in us, so it’s best to just avoid them at all costs. Is this ringing any bells for anyone? Fear is actually the opposite of faith, and while it is normal human nature to feel that way, on occasion it is not where God wants us to operate our lives from.
We can find freedom from this and learn to be faith filled and not fearful.
The magical formula to kicking fears butt is in an effective lifestyle choice. That choice is choosing God.
As we begin to trust Him more and place our faith, situation and fears in Him, our fears will get less and we will be able to find ourselves moving forward in life with a confidence that can only come from God. Despite how things may look in those moments when you are scared we do have the ability to be intentional and bold about our fears each time – We can overcome them and they don’t have to confine, restrict or cripple us.
Next time you are feeling fearful make a choice to use that fear as a way to grow closer to God and to build a deeper relationship with Him. After all, we all grow in those hard and uncomfortable times anyway. Begin to see just how big God is and take time to consider how perhaps what you are feeling fearful about may not actually even happen. While this may not hold much comfort for me when I’m actually on a plane, statistically speaking I have more chance of being kicked by a donkey than having a plane crash. I suppose that is somewhat comforting!
It is also worth remembering what God tells us in 2 Timothy 1-7:
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”
I have the perfect chance to practice what I’ve written about because in august we will be getting on a plane and travelling 20 plus hours, so I will intentionally be choosing to put my faith in God and to let go of the fear that has plagued me for so long in regards to flying. It won’t be easy – there will still be some terrified tears on takeoff and grateful ones on landing, but I don’t want to let that control me anymore and stop me from enjoying this amazing life God has given me.
Now I challenge you: What would you do if your fear was no longer an issue?