How should we handle our fears?
Fear seems to be rising among many people. The events of the last two years, as we struggle with Covid, have alarmed many of us. What should we do if fear overwhelms us.
Perhaps the purpose of fear is to motivate us or propel us into action. Sometimes our fears are grounded and rational and sometimes they are not. Regardless of how rational our fears are, there may be things we could or should do about them.
When I was younger, with a growing family, I found myself at times overwhelmed with fears and thinking about those fears throughout the day. One day I decided I didn’t want those fears with me all day long. I would choose a time for “worry,” perhaps 7 pm. At that time I would assess my fears–were they rational–and if so, what action could I take to help prevent them. The funny thing is that when 7 pm came I often could not even think what my fears were, or I didn’t feel like worrying about them.
Another thing to do is to replace the negative thoughts and fears with something else in your mind. Bible verses work well to replace fear with calm. “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you” Psalm 55:22. “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and staff, they comfort me” Psalm 23:4.
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