No More Fear
I leave for Japan in 3 days. I should be excited and happy. Three weeks in a country I love. Catching up with good friends I have not seen in years, diving into a culture I adore, and eating some of the best food on the planet.
Well, you know what? I am very afraid. Why? I have a fear of flying. Stuck in a seat for 10 hours high above the world. My stomach is in knots and I do not want to get on that plane.
How did this happen? Decades ago, out of the blue, my life came crashing down: I broke up with my first true love. I left all my family and friends behind and moved from the west coast to the east coast to do a Master’s degree, thoroughly convinced I was under-qualified. I was completely alone for the first time in my life. Leaping into the great unknown.
I panicked. The sudden and dramatic changes hit me while I was stuck in an airplane. Fear and anxiety gripped my mind and from that day I have a fear of flying.
It made no sense. Before the panic attack, I loved airplanes and loved to fly. It was fun and exciting. Today I live in fear of getting on an airplane.
I tried hypnotherapy. Listening to a gentle, soothing voice lulling me into a deep hypnotic state and telling me to take control and let go of my fears. For many years this audio file helped keep my fear of flying at bay.
Today my life is different. Now I have Jesus Christ in my life. All fear and anxiety should be gone, right?
After all, this is the Word of God spoken over those who have been saved and given their heart to Christ.
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7)
Fear and anxiety – those terrible twins – still live in my life. They are rude, loud, and obnoxious. They sit on my sofa with their feet up on the coffee table, eating all my food, drinking all my beverages, and taking up valuable space. The television blaring and the music cranked full blast. I want them out of my house. Gone for good. But there they sit, not budging an inch.
As followers of Jesus Christ, fear and anxiety are unwelcome guests. They do not belong in our lives as we are covered and protected by God’s love, grace, and mercy. However, we hold on to the most irrational fears and let them control our lives. They make us miserable, sad, weak, and helpless. They drive away Laughter and Joy – God’s Beautiful Twins. When the terrible twins are in your living room, the beautiful twins hide in your closet with tears rolling down their cheeks and longing in their eyes.
I have other irrational fears too. One is a fear of success. I am afraid of what success may bring in my life so I do my best to sabotage it at ever turn. I dream of being a full-time writer but I sit on three unfinished novels, a dozen short stories in rough draft, a big blog, tons of great ideas…and nothing self-published. My created works hide in files and folders. I am afraid to put it out there, fearing what would happen if I am discovered and people started paying money for my writing.
No more fear. No more anxiety. I am done with the two of you. Fear is a weapon of the enemy. Indeed, it is his greatest weapon. He wields it over us and we cower and snivel. Silent and broken.
Fear holds us back from our dreams, God’s dreams for us, and the great potential that lies within. As believers in Christ, we are re-born in His image. Full of goodness, truth, and light. A people bursting with love, happiness, freedom and unbridled optimism. Looking to the future with wide-eyed excitement and anticipation.
I am tired of fear and anxiety. I will no longer deny the cross, the blood and the sacrifice Jesus Christ made for me. Jesus did not promise me a life of fear and anxiety. Not at all. If I ever see or hear those terrible twins in my living room again I am tossing them out, slamming the door shut, and bolting it tight.
No more fear. No more anxiety.
Not now. Not ever.
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