Spiritual Practice

Overcoming Fear

Katy Barnes & Rachel Starr Thomson

Fear plays a much larger part in our lives than most of us are willing to admit. All too often we allow fear to guide our decisions and our actions, cutting ourselves off from the joy and fullness of life.

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 (NIV)

I used to let fear dominate my life, dictating what I would or would not do. I passed up so many opportunities because I was too afraid to ask questions, to talk with someone, or to sound less than intelligent.

Now, rather than allowing fear to hold me back, I’m beginning to recognize fear as a challenge to overcome. Life is full of possibilities, and I would hate to miss out on any of them because I was too afraid to take a chance.

Katy Barnes, 20

Take a Chance:
When I was a little kid, I was afraid of tornadoes, of speaking to people, of being misunderstood, of taking risks. Wait—maybe these are my grown-up fears! Theologian Victor Shepherd writes, “There is no possibility of not fearing. Either we fear God and fear nothing else, or we don’t fear God and fear everything else.” If my life is focused on God, fear can’t control me.

Rachel Starr Thomson

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