Thursday, February 25, 2010
Fear Or Faith?
In reality I am not talking about getting over lesser fears such as fear of amusement park rides. I am referring to phobias and fears that might be based on hurtful or tragic childhood situations or anything that immobilizes us, that keeps us from trusting God and that freezes our feet to the floor when it comes to exercising our faith. These might include fear of rejection, fear of being unloved, fear of our health collapsing, fear of lack of finances, fear of intimacy, or even fear of success. The list is as long as there are hearts and souls who endure them.
As we delve into the next chapter in Robert A. Schuller's "Leaning Into God When Life Is Pushing You Away" we explore the relationship between our faith in God vs. our fear of anything else. It doesn't matter what kind of fear it is. Fear negates faith. When our faith is negated our closeness to God is weakened. When our closeness to God is weakened we are living a life which has less meaning and significance. There is a story in the Bible found in the New Testament book of Matthew, chapter 8, verses 23-27 which finds Jesus out on the sea of Galilee in a huge storm. He had fallen asleep and awoke to his disciples yelling at him to do something! Jesus replied to the disciples, "you of little faith, why are you so afraid?" (vs 26) In the book of Mark when reading the same story he is quoted as asking, "why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith.?" Jesus did not say, "why are you so unbelieving?" For Jesus the opposite of faith is not unbelief but it is fear. In fact the words "fear" and "afraid" occur more than 520 times in the Bible. Fear has been plaguing humans forever.
Robert goes on to write that our life can be defined by how one perceives the future. Are you defining your life by your faith or by your fears?
We are now more almost two months into the new year of 2010. By this time you should have a clear idea of what your goals for this year will be. Mine are written out and framed where I can see them every day. I have eleven clear-cut goals which cover several different categories in my life: spiritual, physical, professional and personal goals. If you have not clearly defined what you would like to accomplish this year I want to encourage you to take the time today and do this. If you are failing to plan, you might be planning to fail and God wants you to be a success so you can be a light in a dark world. A good source to help you define your goals is called "The One Page Miracle" taken from a chapter in a book by Dr. Daniel Amen. You can Google "one page miracle" and find a very helpful template to follow. As you begin the process of writing out your goals first start by praying and asking for God's guidance. Next you might want to evaluate where you have come from in the last year of 2009 including making note of any goals that you did not accomplish so that you can roll them over into this year. It is never too late to start over!!
"For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil. Plans to prosper you and give you a future filled with hope. Jeremiah 29:11
God is blessing you. Donna