Fear: False Expectation Appearing Real
What are some of your biggest fears? Do you think you’ll ever be able to overcome them? In every chapter of our lives, fear follows us and shapes itself into new challenges. As toddlers, we fear monsters under our beds or in our closets; as kids, we are scared of being left by our parents on our first day of school or left home alone; as teens, rejection and feeling like we don’t belong haunt us on a daily basis; and as adults, failure towers over us like an unwelcome storm cloud.
This is one of the hardest posts I have had to write. I think I’ve re-written it over five times now and it still doesn’t seem adequate. Pre-warning, the coming paragraphs are heavy and quite personal. I never imagined I’d write a post of this nature, but the world is cruel and unforgiving, sometimes.
Noise surrounds us wherever we go. Unless we purposefully take a step away and go into a quiet place, we can’t escape it. Even as I’m writing these words, I have music playing through my headphones. However, what happens when we become too dependent on the noise to keep us occupied?
In last week’s blog, Pure Boundaries, I touched on the importance of finding your own faith outside of your family’s beliefs. I feel like this was an essential subject to tackle this week because there might be people out there who are struggling with their faith and juggling being honorable while searching for themselves.
Please don’t let the title of this post scare you away. Don’t worry, I’m not going to get into, “Which party do you follow?” or, “Hey, how about that President Trump…” I have my beliefs, and you have yours. We are all entitled to our own opinions, and this is not a site where we only cater to one and not the other.
Yom Kippur, or Day of Atonement, is always an incredible day for me. In Leviticus, this day is described as one of repentance and deliverance, and that is precisely what occurs in my life each year. It’s as if the whole year builds up to this one day that we are called to lay all of our daily activities down, rest in His presence, and afflict our souls.