Monday, May 24, 2010

Day 10: Phobias

Day 10: What are you afraid of?

Wow, what a question. I've been learning lately that I have a lot of fear in my life.  I didn't realize how much of my reactions are rooted in fear and Peter has been calling me out on it lately. Next time you react negatively to something, I challenge you to ask yourself "why?" and really think about it--you might be surprised that it comes not from a truly sensible reason but actually an irrational, fearful reason.  As a follower of Christ, I am not supposed to live based on fear, but based on the love of Christ.  I've learned that there is a big difference between a healthy respect of something (a hot stove for example) and an unhealthy fear of something (walking out in the dark to put something in the mailbox in our safe neighborhood). 

I guess my biggest fear is the unknown or dishonesty. I am afraid that the people I talk with will leave something out that is important, or that I will miss out on the truth. This belief means that I don't really think people have goodwill towards me (as Emerson Eggerichs emphasizes that most people do in Love And Respect).  The Battlefield of the Mind has also been helping me realize unneeded fears that cause me to worry and have too much stress and when I finally finish it I hope I will be better equipped to biblically reclaim my thoughts and not live in fear.

Alright, on to day 11!

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