What is your deepest fear? We all fear something, tripping while on stage, having food in your teeth, or appearing over eager. Fear is a normal part of life, but how we react to that fear says much about who we are. In his newest book, Fearless, Max Lucado has this to say about how we handle fear (pg 5):
Fear never wrote a symphony or poem, negotiated a peace treaty, or cured a disease. Fear never pulled a family out of poverty or a country out of bigotry. Fear never saved a marriage or a business. Courage did that. Faith did that. People who refused to consult or cower to their timidities did that. But fear itself? Fear herds us into prison and slams the doors.
Wouldn’t it be great to walk out?
Yes. It would be great not to be imprisoned by fear. This book actually came at a pretty good time – we are in the final stages of buying a house and it has been a nightmare. Our fears are that we would end up homeless for a short period of time or lose the house and have to find a place to move into mid-month. Yes, I still am anxious about this problem, but Fearless helped me regain some perspective.
This is another great Lucado book that provides direct application to your life and provides lasting value. He doesn’t resort to simple platitudes but embraces his own fears while providing opportunities for growth. Ok, he does throw in a few one-liners that we all probably know, but they felt genuine and thoughtful. Lucado talks about a variety of different fears that we might be facing. He develops a case for why we shouldn’t be afraid of those things or how we can see God’s provision through them.
Many people think Christians and Christianity mean a perfect life with nothing bad ever happening. He quickly puts that to rest with this quote on page 8:
Christ-followers contract malaria, bury children, and battle addictions, and, as a result, face fears. It’s not the absence of storms that sets us apart. It’s whom we discover in the storm: an unstirred Christ.
We face storms in our life.
Like most of his other books, Fearless, provides a section in the back for small group discussion or personal reflection. My copy of the book from Thomas Nelson also included a shorter version of the book called, Imagine Your Life Without Fear, which also happens to be the subtitle of the book.
I’ll end with this great quote (pg 177):
There’s a stampede of fear out there. Let’s not get caught in it. Let’s be among those who stay calm. Let’s recognize danger but not be overwhelmed. Acknowledge threats but refuse to be defined by them. Let others breathe the polluted air of anxiety, not us. Let’s be numbered among those who hear a different voice, God’s. Enough of these shouts of despair, wails of doom. Why pay heed to the doomsdayer on Wall Street or the purveyor of gloom in the newspaper? We will incline our ears elsewhere: upward. We will turn to our Maker, and because we do, we will fear less.
Do not fear.
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