In the summer of 2016, I was in the madness of the fourth revision of a book that just wouldn't come together. It didn't matter that I had thousands of words written. I hated them all. Words and tips that at one point brought truth to life now rang hollow. I'd used the hashtag and topic Faith Beats Fear for years, but how could I share it with others in a bigger and better way?
I had no clue. But I had a hard deadline, so I needed to figure something out quickly.
I 'stumbled' on the often-quoted Scripture, 2 Timothy 1:7: For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Paul points out how God wants us to know that while fear is a real part of the human experience, it’s not part of His character — or the Spirit that dwells within us. Still, we can learn a lot from it.
In a really strange way, I’ve conditioned myself to the point where fear actually activates my faith. In the past, when I felt the signs of fear — sweaty palms, shaky voice, and anxiousness — I would just shut down or run away. Now I pause and plant my feet. Fear is a signal and sometimes it’s a signal that you should do something. The more you're afraid, the more reason to act in faith.
The other aspect of this simple, but powerful verse is the fact that God wants us to know that we can manage fear, because He’s given us Spiritual tools to do so. He offers us unlimited access to His power, love and equipped us with a sound mind to make purposeful decisions and accept His perfect peace.
That is the whole idea behind Faith Beats Fear -- the book that was going nowhere in 2016. There was so much in that Scripture that I began to explore what it looks like to leverage that power, love and sound mind in EVERYDAY scenarios. Instruction through story (or parables) is an incredible approach and allows us to visualize and better understand biblical principles. They also help us to see how we can act in faith on a daily basis. I wanted to package all of that and give people the space to practice working out their fear through journaling, Scriptures and affirmations.
So my question is, what do you do with your fear? We all have it and it shows up in all kinds of ways every day, all up and down our social media timelines, our TV, through our family/friends/coworkers. It chimes in on every internal conversation we have with ourselves. What do you do with it? Do you hide or ignore it? Do you go along with it, believing it to be true? Do you pass it on to someone else? Do you face it and say, 'no, not today' and keep going? Do you seek answers or help from God?
The problem isn't that you have fear, it's what you do with it. I encourage you to tap into the Spiritual tools as soon as fear pops up.