I don’t know about you, but fear has become much more prevalent topic these days than I would like. Terrorism, prejudice-based killings, violent home break-ins, unstable economies, future leader elections, terminal diseases… all invade our media channels and sometimes our personal lives.
My daughter’s university has had two bomb scares in the last few weeks. How can I help her deal with the unavoidable worry and concern that accompanies her days and haunts her nights?
How can I admit my fears but not let them control me?
I know that there are basic common sense choices I can implement – stay away from obvious dangerous surroundings, set up safety precautions, save money and invest wisely, make informed decisions, and proactively protect my health.
However, those actions will never completely protect me from the evil, brokenness, and pain of this world.
That reality causes fear. But fear, rather than control me, can offer an opportunity for reflection, a chance to consider the worst case scenario… what if I am going to die tomorrow? Am I ready?
Am I at peace with my present?
Am I living each day to the fullest? Or would I have regrets if it were to all end tomorrow? Do I let petty issues make me angry, frustrated, discouraged? Do I have unresolved conflict with someone I love? Have I followed my dreams, given my all, lived by my priorities? Have I spoken my appreciation? Have I hugged and laughed and cried?
Am I at peace with my future?
Do I know where I will go when I die? Am I certain or doubtful? Am I still trying to earn my way to heaven? Does the thought of life’s end give me hope or dread? Do I avoid thinking about that topic altogether? Am I at peace with God?
If I don’t have peace with both my present and my future, what do I need to change? What do I need to do differently with my life?
Once I have it, no person, place, or philosophy can rob me of that peace.
How do you get past your fears? How do you find peace?
Here’s a good article about Peace of Mind in an Unstable World.