When I was in High School I worked at a Ford Dealership (Sorry Chevy fans) after
school. My primary job was cleaning and detailing cars (real glamorous). I usually
worked outside with three older guys, no matter the weather. We all liked to play
pranks on each other but some pranks were forbidden. For instance: Nothing could
involve fire! Nothing could involve stealing one’s car (they were not ours)! No
one played with snakes (real or not)! On one hot (did I say hot) day we all were
working on the “cleaning assembly line”. The cleaning assembly line consisted of
someone who washed the car, one who vacuumed and then finally the last person cleaned
the windows and shined the tires. On this particular day (did I mention it was HOT)
I was cleaning the windows and shinning the tires. Everything was work as usual
until IT happened. The “IT” that happened was one of the funniest things I have
Out of the blue, I watched a grown man jump over a car and literally run down a two
lane road without ever looking back. All the while, two other men lay on the ground
laughing hysterically. What could have scared this man that bad? I went over to
the car he was vacuuming and found what had scared him so bad. The other guys had
wet a 4’ long rubber black snake and stuck it under the seat. When the “scared”
gentlemen reached under the seat to push it back, he grabbed the snake instead of
the push bar. I guess I should mention he was terrified of snakes.
I smile every time I think of that day and although it was hilarious (for us); it
was a real fear for him. We all have different fears; in fact a pole in USA Weekend
recently reported the following items that Americans are afraid of:
· 25% of natural disasters
· 28% of getting aids
· 30%of exposure to foreign viruses
· 32% of paying current debts
· 33% of being a victim of individual violence
· 34% of pesticides in foods
· 35% of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s
· 36% of being food poisoned
· 49% of not having enough money for retirement
· 50% of inadequate Social Security
· 53% are afraid of getting cancer
· 54% are afraid of a car crash
Not afraid of any of these? What about these famous phobias:
· Being looked at by other people—scopophobia
· Ridicule (being made fun of)—categelophobia
Did any of your fears or a phobia you might have make any one of these lists? We
all either have fears or have feared something at some point in our lives. Some
would say that it is a part of life. Whether true or not, fear can cause us a lot
of damage and even paralyze us. Fear is defined as: “to be afraid of” or anxiety
caused by a real or possible danger, pain, etc; fright, apprehension or concern”.
Sometimes fear is a good thing because it causes us not to do something that could
otherwise harm us.
I have found in my life that fear, more times than not, hinders me from being all
that I could be. Let me explain. Fear of rejection has kept me from initiating
and developing healthy relationships. Sometimes, fear of rejection can cause us
to lie, manipulate and even become controlling. Fear of the unknown has often times
kept me from taking “healthy” risk and caused me, at times, to be complacent. Some
of us fear being left alone. Maybe we have been abandoned by a parent or love one
and don’t want to relive those feelings.
Whether it is going out for the team, putting in a resume, making new friends, loving
with your “whole” heart and even being yourself, don’t let fear paralyze you! We
have been there. I have been there more times than I like to admit. In fact, something
happened to me about two years ago that caused fear to control me. When I say control
I mean it! I was almost driven me out of my mind. I formed a new definition for
fear and here it is:
My definition for fear is simply: The lack of faith or trust in something or someone
greater than your self.
It may not be original (don’t sue me if you said it first) but it is real to me.
What and who I believed in became the catalyst of every particle of my being. Every
time I go to the ocean I’m reminded just how small I am and that there is something
or someone so much greater than I. I believe there is a God, a creator, who knows
my very being and who is capable of handling whatever fears I may have.
I encourage you to find a Bible and read Psalm 46. I pray that it brings you as
much peace as it has me.
If you would like to go deeper in this “Insight” you can go through the following
· Make a list of all the fears your parents had when you were child. (If your parents
are alive) Make a list of all the fears your parent have now.
· Make a list of all of your fears. Take your time and think about every aspect
of your life.
1. Do your fears keep you up at night?
2. Do your fears cause you to think about them during the day?
3. Do your fears cause you to do irrational things?
4. Do your fears cause you to become numb and complacent?
5. Do your fears cause you to become depressed and self-absorbed?
“A song of HOPE and ASSURANCE in the face of life darkest moments”
God is our source of HOPE!
-If God is for US who can be against US?
God is our reason for HOPE!
-In the midst of our biggest trials he provides everything we need!
God provides us with HOPE! He is our Fortress.
-God invites us to come in and wait under his wings of protection.
Read verses 10-11 and write them down on a card. Ask Jesus for faith to trust Him
at his Word. Trust Him with your mind and heart.
Trust Him to lead you!
By Brian Hoover