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The Fear Trap

Fear is something I have been thinking a lot about lately. You might say a little bit of fear is healthy, it can keep us safe. Afterall, we live in a society that expects us to be scared. We have all kinds of products to offer us comfort, we can insure just about anything, even our own lives, we can purchase security systems and lock our stuff up in safes. Yet Jesus tells us to not worry about tomorrow. (Matthew 6:34)

We are asked to put our full trust in God. But what does that mean, really? Should I uninsure everything I own? Should I leave my doors unlocked? Probably not, but there is a lot you can do to strive towards the type of life that is not based upon negativity.

Think about it. What decisions have you made (or not made) because of fear? Anxiety and terror are great motivators, but have we really ever been happy with decisions made from these emotions? I know I haven’t. So how do you make a choice? The answer is simple yet complicated, the answer is love.

Remember that every person is loved deeply and unconditionally by our Creator and we are called to love even those who defy us. Base your decisions on a love for yourself and a love for others. This is one of the many steps to living a life without fear.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.” -Romans 12:2 NIV

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