Fear began stalking me a couple of years ago. I admit, I let it follow me at a distance for years.
But then I made one of the biggest mistake of my life.
I allowed Fear to move in, along with all its baggage. Once inside, Fear drudged up daily anxiety. Before I knew it, panic plagued my sleep. I even started grinding my teeth, breaking several in the process.
Fear took over my life, steered my every decision, and wringed joy clear out of my life. Fear held me hostage from writing for so many years.
Can I just confess something to you? I have MAJOR social media anxiety. My face flushes and my pulse rises before I hit “publish” on this blog, Facebook, and even Twitter for goodness sakes.
I’m afraid of snarky comments from Internet bullies. I’m scared of people laughing at me, or worse, thinking I love the limelight.
See the fear I’m up against?
For years, I’ve lived in a Fear-spun prison, but that ends today. This week, my writer friend Heather Creekmore challenged me to blog once a week “no matter what”—and to post to social media.
I’ve taken her up on the challenge, and I’ve learned a two huge things about Fear.
#1 If we want to break up with fear, we must defeat unbelief.
If you look closely, you’ll see that Fear’s ugly underbelly is unbelief.
We evict Fear from our lives the same way we kick an abusive boyfriend to the curb. And I’m not talking about getting a baseball bat—but calling in the authorities.
For years, I tried to rid myself of Fear, but it always came back. This time, though, I’ve taken my unbelief to God—the ultimate authority—and asked Him to help me kick Fear where it hurts.
I asked for faith—raw belief—the unshakable kind I can’t stir up on my own. All I can say is, it’s working.
#2 Fear looks scarier than it is.
Remember Scooby Doo? As a kid I lived for the big villain reveal at the end. Once Wilma or one of the others took off the villain’s mask, we saw the truth. Beneath the costume, a person appeared.
This reminds me of Fear. Fear wears a disguise, always duping us into believing the worst case scenario. Click To Tweet
But something wonderful happens when we muster the courage to face it. When we look under Fear’s mask, we will probably laugh at ourselves for being so afraid.
Instead of a big, hairy monster, we see an ordinary problem that God’s already given us the grace to handle.
Do you need to sever your relationship with Fear? With God’s help you can put an end to that toxic relationship.
Will you join me the challenge to kick fear in the face? Leave a comment below about a fear you’re up against, and I would love to pray for you this week.
I’m looking forward to our discussions here every week.