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I am a worrier by nature.
I’ve blogged multiple times about my Worry Jar and about how I have to make a conscious effort to not worry about things beyond my control. Or if I can control them, to stop worrying and do something about it instead.
I am fearful by nature too.
Fearful of failure, fearful of rejection. Fearful of not being good enough. Common things that maybe you can relate to.
Did you know that the command “Fear Not” is the #1 most frequently mentioned of God’s commands in the Bible? I learned that reading Max Lucado’s book, Fearless. The Bible has this Fear Not command written in many different forms, using different types of words, said by different people. But the underlying message is the same. FEAR NOT. Don’t Fear, God has it covered. Don’t waste time in fear. Do not be afraid.
When I find myself sucked into the trap of fear and worry, I have to make a conscious effort to escape. Sometimes, sleep helps to reset my mindset and give me a recharged positive outlook. Other times, it’s prayer that helps me find my balance again. It might even be a conversation or affirmation from a friend or family who helps to put those worries or fears to ease.
Tonight, it was the moon. It reminded me of how small I am, compared to God. Of how small some of the things I worry about are when compared to the significant problems happening to people all around the world right this very minute. Of how things can look entirely different when viewed from a different angle, from a different perspective.
God says Fear Not. So today, I won’t.
I linked up with Darcy over at My3Boybarians for Sweet Shot Tuesday. If you haven’t visited SST before, check it out!