Don't touch me, cause I'm close to the edge


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There is one constant in life: fear. We all have fears, and as we grow older, those fears grow. We also have hopes and dreams, but those fears are always in the back of our mind. They eat away at our comfort and make it harder to get through tough times. Some fears are hard to admit, too.


Image result for fear inside out memeYes, we all have little fears. Mine are probably easy overcome, but that still doesn't change the fear. I HATE icebreakers. You know when the teacher/leader asks you to stand up and say something about yourself? I could plan what to say a million times in my head and still mess up. I should say, "hi, I'm Julie and I hate spiders, icebreakers, and mean people." But, even that would probably come out wrong. Needless to say, these social fears have a huge impact on your stress level, your confidence, and your ability to talk to others.

Then there are the big fears, and you know what I'm talking about--- dying alone, not being able to provide for your loved ones, not being able to make it another day, being inadequate. These are the fears that keep you up at night and make you wonder how you could go on. The thing is, fears don't go away but if you could become at peace with your fears, life could be a lot simpler.

The Bible says:

Then Jesus said to his disciples: Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
-Luke 12:22-26

Jesus died on the cross for us. Not only for our sins, but also for our fears and anxieties. He did this so we can throw away our worry and doubt and have faith that God will lift us up. As terrifying as our fears might be, they are only temporary. This next bible verse is one of my favorites:
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
-2 Corinthians 4:18

Now, I'm not saying you should suddenly overcome your fear of spiders and go into the dark crawl space under your house. Life has its fears. The key is to cast away your doubt and anxiety that surrounds your fears. Being fearful is no way to live a happy life. Jesus gave us an outlet to put that fear. So, don't keep thinking you are going to die alone, you are loved and you will always have loved ones in your life. You will work harder to get out of your debt. And you will love more, because our time here is only temporary. Our clothes, cars, and beauty won't matter in fifty years, but you will be remembered by your spirit and personality and kindness. So, let go of your fears and instead think about what you could do to help out a friend. Or ask your friends for help. Or just give someone else a smile today. Life is better when we live without fears and love more. 

-J

3 comments

  1. This is such a positive message! I always think about what could happen and need to know that no matter what God is on my side.

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  2. Living without fear is something I am continuing to strive towards. Such a hard obstacle for me to overcome, but so important. Great message.

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  3. Oh this was great! I love it because it's something I've tried dong better at. Especially fear of somethng I can't control.

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