Interesting talk at church today about FEAR and how it can either paralyze us or motivate us to do something. I think it is something we all have to face in our life. Fear of terrorism striking the USA again, the Iraq war continuing, natural disasters, the world ending, sickness coming to a loved one, getting older and not being able to care for ourselves are examples of one kind of fear that can temporarily stop us. We wonder if life is worth living.
On the other hand, fear can motivate us to develop a relationship with and strengthen our faith in God-to try to understand His plan for our life better. This can have a positive outcome as we try to be a better person, friend, family member, and neighbor. Act not just react to stressful situations.
I know one thing that works for me when fears or trials come is asking myself..."what am I to learn from this?" Every experience we have daily can be used to learn from, even if it is only to find out more about some area of our life or personality that we need to change or improve. What do you fear and how do you handle fear in your life?