Fear & Faith

Seeing as how we are in October, and Holloween is coming, I thought It would be a good idea to repost some of my thoughts on fear.  Here is the first of my reposts for the month:

Have you ever been afraid of anything? Does heights, public speaking, embarrassment, failure, the dark, or death ring any bells? If you are breathing, odds are one of these things brings fear into your life. To me it is interesting to note that many surveys suggest that people are more afraid of public speaking than death. Public speaking is the #1 most feared thing in Americans, followed closely by death. Jerry Seinfeld once joked that this would suggest that at a funeral, most people would rather be the one being eulogized, rather than giving the eulogy.

Fear is a very real, and very powerful emotion. It stops us from doing things that we could do, gives us the adrenaline rush when you do something in the face of your fear, and for some people it rules their lives by not doing things they want to do because of fear. For example, some people who have extreme socialphobia (fear of social situations) end up never leaving their homes out of fear that they might have to talk to someone-that is a life changing fear.

One thing that I have found to be true about fear is that it is almost the same thing as faith. Define faith to yourself for a minute, and then define fear. Go ahead and write them down on a piece of paper. Now look at the Biblical definition of faith (Hebrews 11:1): “Faith is being sure of what you hope for and certain of what you do not see (emphasis added).” Fear is being convinced of something that you cannot see. Faith is being convinced of what you cannot see. The one element that separates fear and faith is hope. Most people do not hope for things they are afraid of. Next time you are in a situation where you are fearful of something, turn that fear into faith: turn what you what you imagine can happen (bad) into hope that what you imagine (good) will happen.

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4 thoughts on “Fear & Faith

  1. The power of our subconscious also means that whatever we expect – whether through faith or fear – tends to play itself out in our lives. Why is this? We put it there. How many times have we heard the old adage, “You die a thousand deaths before you face up to your fear” or something to that effect? Our fear plays out in our subconscious and therefore, we often perceive it in the world. Faith can be the same way. We hope for something and believe it can happen to us, and that plays out in our subconscious as well. When it plays out in our subconscious, we often find it in the world. We can choose to expect good things or fearful things, and both will shape the way we perceive what happens to us. Good thoughts.

    • Thanks Tyler. Question: “According to Chandler, what phenomenon scares the bejesus out of him?”
      Answer: “Michael Flatley, Lord of the Dance!…His legs flay about as if independent from his body!”

      That is pretty scary, but so is the mafia.

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