I am not a licensed counselor nor a seminary trained pastor; therefore, this will not be a professional or theologically-based approach. Nevertheless, like all of us, I am subjected to the daily news reports about Islamic extremists, terrorism, deaths and threats. The truth is, since September 11, 2001, life in general has been a bit edgier—waiting, wondering, playing games of what-ifs in my head and feeding my fears on each new report of mass shootings like we just witnessed in Orlando. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to live the rest of my life in fear. So I began by looking up the definition of fear and what to do with my fears. Here is what I found:
Fear is a vital response to physical and emotional danger—if we didn’t feel it, we couldn’t protect ourselves from legitimate threats. But often we fear situations that are far from life-or-death, and thus hang back for no good reason. Traumas or bad experiences can trigger a fear response within us that is hard to quell. Yet exposing ourselves to our personal fears is the best way to move past them.
I invite to you join me as I continue my own journey of letting truth challenge my fears, of allowing my fears to be trumped by Christ’s call to reach the world with the good news of the Gospel.
Love it if you bring someone with you…
This Sunday, June 26 from 9:45-10:45 a.m.
Speaker: Brian P. (who has lived in the Arabian Peninsula for 10+ years)
Cornerstone SS Class, Wilson/Ross 409