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Manage your fear

Stewardship is a term used to measure how well a person manages something. Each of us is a steward of something. Money is the most common thing that comes to mind, but followers of Christ have a duty and obligation to be good stewards of much more than money. In 1 Corinthians Paul referred to believers as "servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God." He asked the question "What do you have that you did not receive?" to stress his point that everything in your care or possession has been entrusted to you by God with an expectation of good stewardship. This includes the dark times, the seasons in the valley when fear rears its ugly head.

As a history nerd and bible scholar I have some insight about the importance of managing fear that I want to share:

The only US president to serve more than two terms was first elected during the Great Depression when 13 million Americans were unemployed, banks were all closed, and people were panicking. ranks FDR's first inaugural speech as the number one speech every American should know. FDR referenced the bible often, pleaded with God to guide him, and stated it was "preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly" as he professed that "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself" and "Only a foolish optimist can deny the dark realities of the moment"

FDR preached faith in God as the means to endure.

Addressing fear is also found in the old and new testament often:

If you read the 14th chapter of Matthew, you'll see that Peter got out of the boat and walked on water just like Jesus until he shifted his focus away from the Savior and onto the wind and waves.

Many know the story of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt but, did you know that Moses first had to address the Israelites' fear? Moses assured them that God would deliver them if only they'd "stand firm" and not be afraid, then he led them through the Red Sea, not around it.

So, the moral of the story is that conquering fear is critical. Fear will always try to take up residence in your head, but it is up to you to send it packing! The bible tells us that God did not give us a spirit of fear but rather one of power, love, and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7). This means that we are operating outside the will of God when we are living in fear. Don't do it!

There are loads of resources out there to help you address fear. "Crash the Chatterbox" by Steven Furtick; "Switch on you Brain" by Dr. Caroline Leaf; and "No Fear in Love by Andy Braner are all books that helped me.

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