Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016
Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:
Fear imprisons, faith liberates; fear paralyzes, faith empowers; fear disheartens, faith encourage; fear sickens, faith heals; fear makes useless, faith makes serviceable.
— Harry Emerson Fosdick
It has been said that the opposite of fear is faith. But how do we change our fears into faith if we have little or no faith? How do we start having faith? One of the easiest ways to develop an alternative to fear is to ask ourselves during a moment of fear:What is the worst that could happen? Once we know the answer to that question, we have dealt with the source of our fears – the unknown.
What do we fear now? First we need to identify all the unknowns that we fear. Once we recognize all the things that can happen, we will be able to prepare ourselves for possible failure, loss, or sadness. By recognizing the fears, we take away some of their power over us. We can then believe we will be all right.
What do I fear and why do I fear it? I know I am okay because I have identified my fear.
You are reading from the book:
Night Light by Amy E. Dean. © 1986, 1992 by Hazelden Foundation