We play a big roll in our own demise. Fear of what could or could not happen paralyzes us. When the reality of it is that, we are stronger than we give ourselves credit. It is really sad to see so many people that are fearful, and full of phobias.
I remember a long while ago, some school friends and siblings being so afraid to stand up for themselves. Probably because their parents were overprotective and always came out to their rescue, and did not show them that there was nothing really to be afraid of, nor to stand on their own and overcome.
One time one of my sisters came home crying her heart out, trembling, she was barely able to speak because a girl that was older than her in age, but smaller in size, took her bike away. Oh, my sister was terrified. I remember I took her by the hand and we went back outside to look for the girl with her bike. When I saw this "Missy," I grab her, and took my sister's bike away from her, and socked her and told her not to do it again ever. I told her to go pick on someone her age. Well, this girl was the one that was crying and shaking now. I even made her apologize to my sister. My sister saw that not one hair of my head or hers was hurt. There was nothing to fear.
Yes, we are stronger than we think we are, in more ways than one.
The downside of that statement is that we are going to have to face our fears head-on. Fear is a debilitating force that is made of suppositions, things that are not facts. Fear really comes out of us because the ultimate lie of it is that we are going to die.
From a very early age, my dad's mom taught me that there was nothing wrong with dying because if we did, we would go to Heaven and God was there and besides that Heaven was a beautiful place where there was no more to worry or cry about. She would always tell me there was nothing I had to fear ever. So I asked once, "what if I really get hurt"? She told me I would get over it and keep going. I was stronger than I thought I was. I thank my grandma today because I know that because of her and my dad I am a pretty strong person when facing tough situations. They may set me back a bit but, I always come out stronger in the end. That is a fact I have lived through.
The Bible commands us 365 times to "Fear Not". Think of that 365 times. Once per day of the year we are not to fear.
God in his understanding of how we function, knew that we would need not to fear if we were going to accomplish anything significant in life. After all, we are created in His image and He is a victor.
The definition of fear is:
An unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain or a threat or death. The synonyms of fear are: Terror, fright, fearfulness, horror, alarm, panic, agitation, trepidation, dread, consternation, dismay, distress; anxiety, worry, angst, unease, uneasiness, apprehension, apprehensiveness, nervousness, nerves, perturbation, foreboding; the creeps, the shivers, the willies, the heebie-jeebies, jitteriness, twitchiness, phobia, aversion, antipathy, dread, bugbear, nightmare, horror, terror;
No wonder God told us to Fear Not so many times, it is not good for our health and life. It is like an enclosure, like a casket. But then you find out you will not die and you can withstand much more and become a better person willing and able to pass it on to others.
I love one of President Trump's books that I have read over and over again, It's called:
Think Like A Champion.
He says that he sees problems as a game that needs to be won and that challenges make life exciting. Problems have solutions and you are the boss, not the problem. He says that "how we handle difficult situations in life says a lot about who we are". I love this quote from this book and now apply it to my life:
"I always ask myself, is it a blip or a catastrophe?"
That is a good question to ask yourself too when facing difficulties that create fear.
And boy, do I love reading this little book because President Trump sure has the proven facts of not letting fear stop him and being successful because of facing it and overcoming it. He certainly has that proof in his pudding.
Once you decide that nothing will stop you, that if you fall you will get back up again and that there is nothing to fear. You will stop hiding from any challenge and become the strong person you are.
This is Mariam praying that you will come out of hiding and become fearless.
From My Ami Way, remember to Keep Love Above.