Fall 2018,  Five Minute Friday,  FMF 31-Day Challenge 2018

Day 2: Afraid

This month, I’m participating in a Five Minute Friday challenge called “31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes,” responding to a one-word prompt for five minutes each day in October. Click here to join in!

I’ve spent a lot of time being afraid. Throughout my life, I have battled irrational fears as a result of my anxiety disorders, as well as fear of the future, fear of vulnerability, fear of failure, fear of success, fear of rejection. There are countless things one can be afraid of, and my brain has mastered pointing out every possibility.

However, in recent years, I’ve come to realize that there is no need for fear. In fact, “God has not given us a spirit of fear” (2 Timothy 1:7), but “perfect love drives out fear” (1 John 4:18). In this discovery, I have found more freedom and joy than anything aside from salvation has ever given me.

I have no reason to be afraid of the future, because God has a perfect plan for me, and I am eternally secure. I don’t have to be afraid of vulnerability; I don’t need to trust in people, I trust God to take care of me. I need not fear failure or success, because God will be with me no matter the outcome of my actions. I don’t need to be afraid of rejection, because there is only One whose acceptance matters in the long run.

What a freeing thought! Abandon your fear and put your trust in the One who sees all and knows all. It will change your life.