Fear—a mask you can remove

If you have ever been afraid, you know how pervasive and debilitating the feeling can be. You can be afraid of just about anything: spiders, snakes, dogs, getting old, terrorism, feeling alone, illness, losing a job, losing a loved one—the list goes on. In extreme cases, you can actually find yourself unable to move, to speak, or to think clearly.

Sometimes fear seems too powerful to overcome. But I learned to eliminate it by focusing on God's love and care for me and everybody. Fear works sort of like a swindler or a con artist. It tries to convince us that God is unwilling or unable to protect us or help us. Truthfully, though, we're never outside of God's love—His care and protection.

January 7, 2002
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