Dealing With Our Fears

“The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.”
Maybe you are familiar with that line. It’s a famous line taken from Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s first inaugural speech. America was in the midst of the great depression and FDR was trying to provide hope.
Fear is something that everyone deals with. Some fear speaking in public. Others are afraid of snakes. Others fear heights. And, fear can cripple us.
Paul said in II Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”
Think about those words… “God hath not given us a spirit of fear…” Instead, God has given us a spirit of power and love.
What are you afraid of? Whatever it is, if you give it to the Lord, He will help you.
When I first started selling cars at Hardy Ford, I was very much afraid. Meeting people didn’t bother me but, I was gripped with the fear of messing up on a deal. It wasn’t until I was almost forced to do a deal on my own that I began to defeat my fear.
What are your fears? Whatever it is, you can give it to the Lord and He will help you.
General George S. Patton once said of fear, “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived. Watch what people are cynical about and one can often discover what they lack. Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.”
John Wayne once said, “Courage is being afraid but saddling up any way.”
Nelson Mandela said, “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who is not afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

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