Anxiety Challenge

A Life Without Fear

Sunday, July 12, 2015 Rachael Stewart

As humans, we are so accustomed to living in fear. We are taught that the world is dangerous, that we will fail, that we are not always safe. We fear sickness, the dark, change, challenges, monsters, and so on. We stop ourselves from being happy and from living life to the fullest because there is always doubt, anxiety, and worry in the back of our minds. What if I can't do it? What if people laugh at me? What if I get hurt? The list of questions could go on and on and we often times let those questions get the best of us.

The Bible says do not fear 365 times as a daily reminder to trust in God and to live courageously without fear. God protects us and only wants good things for us, but we let our doubt take us away from Him and make us feel alone. We live in a world that focuses on fear. The first thing you hear on the news is about crime, violence, sickness, debt, and epidemics. It is hard not to be afraid when that is what we are constantly surrounded by, but what if we never knew fear? What if we were never taught that we should be afraid of what lies out in the world? It seems kind of crazy doesn't it?

It all starts as children. Remember how scary it was to fall asleep in the dark? Or what about all of those monsters under the bed? Don't forget about the first time you had to climb the rope in gym class or when you learned how to ride a bike. Do you remember how you either thought I can't do this on my own? Or what if this happens? Or I'm going to embarrass myself? Or I don't want to be by myself? That is fear. That feeling of doubt, that pit in your stomach, that what if, it's all fear. It runs our lives and stops us from achieving great things because we can never fully believe that we are capable of great things or that everything is going to be okay. We need to change the way we see the world and we need to start as soon as we can.

We need to teach children that they are not alone. As adults, we are settled into our ways of thinking. Of course, we can always change, but it becomes much harder to change something when it is so deeply rooted. Let's teach kids that God is always with them and that God is goodness, and kindness, and light. The dark will seem a lot less scary once we realize that we are not alone, but rather surrounded by the light of God. We also need to teach children that they are strong enough and capable enough to do great things. We fear failure and that actually causes us to fail more. Let's teach children to believe in themselves and to welcome challenges. If we welcomed challenge instead of trying to avoid it, it wouldn't seem as frightening. Let's also teach children that God gives them strength to make it through every challenge. In Philippians 4:13, it says "For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength". All things! How wonderful is that? With every battle, hardship, and challenge we face, God strengthens us to push through and to succeed. Why should we be afraid of failure if we know we can get through all of our challenges?

Struggles come and they can make things seem like there is no escape. I've been there where it feels like you don't even know what to do next because you feel so lost. It's a horrible feeling, but we don't have to give in to it. God is strong. He is faithful. He is courageous. He always has and always will be there for us. Once we realize that we are not walking this road alone, we can begin to truly live. We don't have to let fear run our lives because we have nothing to be afraid of. God is in control and we need to stop trying to take control of His steering wheel because we are only going to cause a crash. Once we surrender our worries, doubts, struggles, and life to God, then we can live without fear. Let's welcome challenge and be courageous. Let's not worry about what is to come because we can't control that. Worrying about what may or may not happen is not going to stop anything from happening or not happening. The only thing it's going to do is stop YOU from enjoying your life. Let's stop living in fear and stop teaching our children what fear is. A life without fear is possible; we just need faith.

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