October 1st: Fear

The other day I was talking to one of my closest friends.

We were having a conversation about fear when he turned to me and said, “I can’t imagine you being afraid of anything.”

I was surprised by his comment and for a moment pleased.

It was nice to be regarded as someone secure enough… strong enough… to not have fears but the truth is… I have many.

Some of my fears are substantial: worthy of my concern.

Others… are just like anyone else’s… silly little things that might make another person laugh.

But sometimes fear is a good thing.

Sometimes fear shows up when we know, deep in our soul, that we are making a decision that goes against our greater good.

Fear can be a warning that we are moving down the wrong path, that we have strayed in the wrong direction, and it can help to indicate when we should stop, and seek experience, strength, and hope, before moving forward.

I have learned that sometimes it is good to listen to my fear. That my fear lets me know loud and clear, that I am making a decision that is not in my best interest.

“Dear God, help me to see your path. Help me to stay the course and listen to my fear if it is a warning that directs me away from pain, trouble, or conflict.”

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