If we let it, life will hold us hostage with the icy grip of fear. Fear paralyzes and holds us still when we know we should act. It causes us to make poor decisions; ones that we regret later. Only humans feel regret and remorse. I believe that is because we are made in the image of God. We can appreciate the beauty of God’s creation. We can observe His creative order. The lion has no sorrow or feelings of regret when it chases down the weak or the old or the young. God did not make animals with the ability to reason or feel remorse. He did give that to us. We get to choose courage over fear.
So, what do you do with fear? It is as inevitable as the sunset. Even the bravest heroes have fears that whisper in their ear when no one is watching. Quite frankly, a life that never feels fear is a life without adventure. Not much anxiety rises from petting a kitten but track a lion on foot in the African savannah and stare into its amber eyes as it gives you a warning roar and you will feel something. Heady moments like that make life worth living. You feel. You drink the good wine of life. You know that you can conquer, and it brings the sweet taste of passion to your lips.
Never ask for a fearless life. That would be an empty prayer. God does not give a spirit of fear. A spirit of fear is different than the fear we feel when facing a giant. We are not to be controlled by fear, but God invites us to a life of courage. Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather, it is acting in the face of fear. It is doing the right thing when you do not know what the outcome will be. It is making right choices even if the cost is great. Courage knows the cost of cowering is far greater.
To do this you must keep your eyes on Jesus Christ at all times. Read what He said. Do what He bids. You must also believe in yourself. I do not mean the kind of meaningless froth that modern ego-maniacs try to sell in their self-help books, but the kind of belief that knows that God is in control, He has created you, and He has a purpose for your life. When everyone else folds their tent and goes home, you stay on the battle field and fight and believe. Before long, your courage will annihilate your fear and you will become a man or woman of God; not because of the random chance of your chromosomes, but by virtue of the bold deeds you have done.
Be bold, for that is the only kind of life worth living.