At Bible study groups I have belonged to, when we have first met together, and got to know one another, the leader will ask a question. Going around the group, members would introduce themselves, then answer a question such as "What would be your dream car?"
The last time I answered this, I said that my dream car would be one that could change into a robot, because it could drive by itself, and keep my company during long journeys.
Another question that I have had to answer was "What things did you fear when you were a little kid?"
I have answered; big waves at the beach, dogs, or the older kids who lived across the street, and used to pick on my sister, my brother and I.
As I grew up, I learned to face, then overcome fears like this, so that I’m not scared of these things today.
Yet, I have not grown out of fear altogether.
In adulthood, I have had to make new friends when going to a new church, and at a social group that I joined twelve months ago. At first I felt unsure how I would fit in and be accepted. Part of me felt apprehensive, thinking, “what if no one there will like me?”
Nowadays, I’m overcoming the nerves I experience when doing public speaking. I am gradually getting more confidence in this, but not because I have followed any cliched, Brady Bunch style advice, like picturing the people I am speaking to in their underwear.
It has been suggested that public speaking is the most common fear that people face, so this is some consolation to me.
On a global perspective, many are afraid for the future. A glance at the headlines in newspapers each day, with stories of crime, war, disease, the threats of environmental strife, and international terrorism, does make one wonder what the world is coming to.
I would be lying if I said that none of things worry me. Yet, I have decided not to let emotions like fear rule my life as I go through each day.
Previous generations lived during times of war and disease, too. I remember Bible verses like;
2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
This is an encouragement to me as I strive to be more upfront about my faith in everyday life, to not hide my faith for fear of what others might think.
Perhaps this is easy for me to write since by world standards, I live in a comparatively safe, peaceful country. With the fears I faced as a child, I had an adult to reassure me that I did not have to feel scared of some things. I remind myself that God is powerful, and faithful, then take reassurance in His promise that one day, He will prevail and set things right.
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