Fear Among Us
Fear Among Us
As we find ourselves in this state of social distancing, it’s easy to let fear creep in and overtake our thoughts. When all of this started, I found that my social media feeds were very full of fear and anxiety. Then, on March 20, one of my friends made a comment in a post that said, “I noticed on Wednesday night that Facebook instantly went from being the CDC to being TBN.” Since that day, my feed has become full of Scriptures, encouraging quotes, and loving people. I’ve seen new phrases like “social connecting”, “quaranteamed”, and “Locked down but not locked up because I look up!” I see stories of people making masks for healthcare workers, delivering food to first responders, cars gathering at hospitals to pray, worship and flash their lights in support, and communities coming together to love one another.
It's natural our first response would be fear. Most of us have never experienced a worldwide pandemic, so we had no idea what was about to happen. Many of us are thinking about our families - hoping no one would contract this virus, hoping we had enough food to sustain us, hoping we would get to keep our jobs so we would have financial stability – all of which are legitimate concerns. If we let fear overtake our thoughts, it causes anxiety and stress in our lives which also affects our family. Although fear is our first response many times, it doesn’t have to be. We can change our mindset to respond differently. Scripture is full of verses that can help us overcome fear. Here are a few:
- John 14:27 – “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
- Joshua 1:9 – “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
- Matthew 6:34 – “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Changing our mindset is not always easy, but it is doable. Here are some things we can do to get started:
- Seek the Lord – He will be our strength through this! – Psalm 34:4, Psalm 27:1
- Think more positive thoughts than negative thoughts – We may have to start with one positive thought a day and that’s fine. Stay consistent and try to add one more positive thought each day. Before we know it, we will be positively positive! – Philippians 4:8
- Be socially encouraging – Think about that meme or rant we are about to post on social media… - Romans 12:2
- Express gratitude – Not only should you include gratitude in your prayers, you should also let others know how much you appreciate them. A kind word, text, or email speaks volumes. It’s a game changer! – 1 Corinthians 1:4
- Surround ourselves with people that will support us in our journey – Proverbs 27:17
Before we know it, we will be influencing and encouraging others to do what we have done.
There are many things in life that can cause us to exhibit fear. If you have had an experience with overcoming fear, please share some words of encouragement below for others who may find themselves there now.
Praying for everyone who is accepting the challenge and overcoming fear. We got this!
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