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In the Face of Danger

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We are often told that fear is irrational, but I don't think that is always true. There are legitimate concerns about things we might be afraid of, things that are happening or could happen in our lives... fear of the loss of a job, or a loved one. Fear that someone we care about in in a situation in which they might be harmed.  Fear of what the future will hold as we grow older, what medical issues we may have to deal with, and if we will have enough income to meet our basic needs. 

That's just a small, off-the-cuff list, there are many more potential dangers and legitimate reasons for fear.  Legitimate to me means things that could realistically happen, as opposed to irrational fears like the odds of a meteor crashing through the roof of my house or a serial killer showing up on my doorstep.

Sometimes if we start thinking about bad things that could happen to us or the people we love, anxiety kicks in and it becomes hard to breathe.  Our mind dwells on it and it becomes hard to sleep at night or focus on our tasks during the day.  Our relationships begin to suffer because we are preoccupied with fear.  If we give into it, fear can rapidly become overwhelming.

I've given a lot of thought to what we can do about fears that threaten to take over our lives and destroy our inner peace.  For me, the answer is a simple, even though I sometimes need to remind myself when I feel my level of anxiety start to grow...  I believe that there is a power/force greater than I, which is loving and wants what is best for us, and I believe in the power of prayer.  "Let go, let God" in whatever terms you want to use.  We have to surrender the things we have no control over and focus on the things that we do.  We may or may not be able to prevent some bad things from happening, but we can pray for protection, for guidance, for courage, and for peaceful hearts.  That way we will have the strength we need to deal with any fears that actually do become realities, remembering always that we are never left alone, we will always be surrounded by God's love to see us through.
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I'm linking up with Patricia's blog hop In Other Words
 where the creative writing prompt this week is the following quotation:
 
"Danger is real, fear is a choice."
- Will Smith

 

2 comments:

  1. Good points; i like to keep a healthy respect for things that are truly dangerous, and not let the rest get to me.

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  2. I so agree with you about real fears that we face and the ones that are improbable. For several years my anxiety was so great it led to panic attacks that were debilitating to the point of almost being housebound. It took a lot of work and to this day vigilance to overcome that kind of fear. I have found "peace that passes all understanding" and cling to it. A peaceful heart takes a bit of work, but it beats fighting fear. As always words of wisdom from you. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and being so faithful to In Other Words.

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