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He said to them, "Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?" Mark 4:40
Fear has a way of paralyzing us. I remember the first time I felt that kind of fear as a pastor. It was very early
in the ministry. I ran to the scene of a horrific accident in front of the church. But when I drew closer, what I
saw stopped me in my tracks. I couldn't move, the fear of what I might see next took control of my emotions.
In that moment of fear I didn't think about asking Jesus to give me strength to do what I needed to do. God
sent help and the people involved in the accident did receive emotional support. I often wondered if I missed
an opportunity to be a comforting presence to someone because I was afraid of what I might encounter next.
What would you do if you weren't afraid? This is a great question to ask ourselves regarding how we live out
God's mission in the ministries of the Church, the community, and beyond.
Fear has a way of keeping us in our boxes because that unknown place outside of our comfort zone is just a
little too unconventional, unpredictable, and scary. Yet, throughout scripture we are reminded by God or God's
messengers to "fear not." Fear is one of those things that gets in the way of our faith journeys; it keeps us
from experiencing the fullness of who God is; how God is moving in the world; and who God is calling us to be.
Fear is a reality of life and something we all have in common. We all meet and experience fear on a daily basis
whether we are aware of it or not. And that fear we encounter impacts our decisions.
Sometimes our fears cause us to box ourselves in or stand still. They cause us to respond in intense and
anxious ways with others rather than in love.
If we look through the scriptures and see all the times God asked us to fear not, maybe we would find that
God isn't asking us to do the impossible without fears. Perhaps God is asking us to decide what we will do with
our fears. Will we let them hold us back or will we hear the call of God to follow Jesus into that unknown place of mission and ministry?
When fear tries to overtake, remember the words of Paul to Timothy, "For God did not give us a spirit of
cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline." 2 Timothy 1:7
So the question remains, "What would you do if you weren't afraid? Fear not for God is with us!
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