Fear is a mysterious life companion. When we let our anxieties run the show, the world quickly becomes a very hostile, energy-draining place. If we’re looking to feel afraid, there is no shortage of material to work with. But if we’re looking for another option, we can begin to see life as an opportunity instead of a trap.
Here are some ways to confront fear:
Name it: Many of our greatest fears lose their power over us when we name them.
Breathe: When fear starts to consume, hit pause. Take five deep breaths.
Pray: Have a conversation with God that can take any form. Prayer calms fears.
Persevere: Exposing and confronting our fears is a lifelong process. Remember that you are never alone on the journey.
May fear never deprive you of life, may life always lead you to hope and may hope eternally fill your spirit. Amen.
This message was adapted from “Fear: Opportunity or challenge?” written by Emily Carson that first appeared in the June 2011 issue of Café. Today we remember Helena, mother of Constantine, who died around 330.