Faith Friday: Conquering Fears

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Life is beyond scary. It’s unpredictable, unfair, crazy, out-of-this-world terrifying. We’re petrified of getting fired, going bankrupt, making the wrong choice, picking the wrong fight, choosing the wrong partner, raising our kids wrong, making our car payment and navigating our careers in a shitty economy. I know, I know. Life is freakin rough.

I wrote last week all about faith. What I didn’t mention, though, is that faith isn’t only a means to make it through the storm. It’s also a foundation for having courage and conquering fears. When we have faith and confidence in our path, we’re able to take on new challenges and scary situations with gusto.

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I’ll never forget a conversation I had with an Aunty at my old work. I was at a major crossroads and trying to figure out what to do, where to go, who to turn to and how. I couldn’t make a decision; I was confused and lost and petrified of making the wrong choice.

She told me, “You know, it doesn’t really matter what you do. You could decide to move halfway around the world tomorrow and you’d still end up at the right place when the time is right. No matter what you do, you will end up where you’re supposed to be and be the person you’re supposed to become. If you make the wrong choices, it will be a lot more painful, but your path is your path, and it doesn’t waver.”

WHAT.

I have to tell you, this was pretty show-stopping at the time. I actually left work early and went on a run to contemplate it. I was so concerned about being on the right path, as if I had absolute and ultimate control over my fate.

The notion that we don’t have control, although it’s scary, somehow made me fearless. I made the best choice I could with what I knew at the time, and allowed God and the world and fate to correct my path as I traveled along it.

All we have to do is do the best we can, have faith that it will work out, and TAKE THE LEAP. Take it! Feel the fear and do it anyways; everything will happen exactly as it’s supposed to. Faith makes us strong, invincible, and unshakable.

God will walk with us through the deepest of waters.

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