Finding freedom from fear

Fears can't grip us when we stay conscious of God's ever-present goodness.

Most of us would like to be less afraid of various situations we encounter in life. One of my favorite stories of courage deals with John Muir, a great naturalist and conservationist.

Speaking of this extraordinary man's character, Edwin Way Teale writes in The Wilderness World of John Muir, "In this world where men are afraid they will catch cold, afraid they will lose their way, afraid they will be eaten by bears or bitten by snakes or touch poison ivy or fall over a log, John Muir, faring forth into the wilderness unarmed and alone, was the man unafraid." Mr. Teale notes that in all his travels, Muir was never harmed by a bear or rattlesnakes and never seriously injured.

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