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New Fears Resolution

I have a new fears resolution. It’s simple. I don’t want my fears to control me this year. Who does? It’s not that I was inordinately troubled by fear last year. I just recognize that nothing can derail my life or yours like fear. When fear guides us, we don’t act like our true valiant selves. We become angry and defensive or timid self-preservationists.

Fear sneaks up on us. Primarily, it manifests itself in everyday life as worry. This worry-fear burdens us and in more extreme cases it cripples us. Of course, we all have some overt fears, but more often than not our fears are subtle undercurrents that slowly but surely move us…or keep us stuck.

Fear hijacks our thinking. It steals our peace. The irony is that we become consumed over events that haven’t happened. By definition, fear is focused on what hasn’t yet occurred. Fear is built on what we think is impending, a rational or irrational threat. We worry about what might happen. Every human being has plenty to worry about. We may lose our employment, our house, our health, a family member, or a friendship. We may get robbed, taken advantage of, or even killed. Or to the opposite, we can worry about nothing ever happening. We may hope endlessly and nothing happens.

This new fears resolution is not a ‘try harder’ resolution. Waking up each day and straining to defeat fear isn’t a suitable approach. This approach would make it worse. To the contrary, the solution is an internal affair. It’s a God job. The solution to dealing with fear is not to establish and commit to a resolution. Instead, it’s surrender. It’s a continual surrender to the love of God. It’s learning to fully lean into the graceful empowerment of a God loves us completely, no matter what. It’s living with a raw, real, Christ in us faith. It’s a ruthless trust that leads to an incomprehensible assurance. The substance of this assurance is that no matter what happens all will be well.

Surely, 2012 will bring some unpleasant events of some form or another. That’s life. Fear not, God is always present, in control, and he cares. Plenty of passages in the Scriptures convey this message. A couple of my favorites… Jesus tells his followers not to fear people. The worst they can do is kill you. Nice, huh. He emphasizes that God is sovereign and he cares for you (Matthew10: 28-30). In another passage Jesus says don’t worry, period. It gets you nowhere. Intensely seek God, and don’t worry about anything (Matthew 6: 25-34). God will take care of the details. The devil isn’t in the details, God is.

God’s grace will empower us to surrender our fears. We are meant to admit our fears, release them to God, and move on. Flush fear and keep on living.

In 2012 and always, rely on the power of God to carry you through your fears to freedom. Remember, fear focuses your attention on negative events that haven’t happened. There is no grace for what hasn’t happened. It’s not reality. God grants us grace in the moment, no matter how happy or horrific the circumstances. God is in the present, live there with him. Take it one day at a time, relentlessly trust God, and all will be well.

All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well. – Julian of Norwich

About the Author

Artie has been communicating God's grace in various contexts over the last fifteen years. His passion is similar to Bill and Anabel's in that he desires to communicate God's grace in a way that makes it easily applicable in everyday life.