This month’s prompt asks: What strategies do you use to get past your fears?
DARE to Be an Artist
At one time I began writing about living on a mission station in Colombia. As I wrote about interpersonal difficulties, I was afraid of exposing all that weakness in myself and others.
I even wondered if I should continue. How could I write about that discouraging time?
I journaled and I prayed.
Through journaling, God brought some insights that I never would have discovered had I clung to my fears. I gained a deeper understanding of the real issues. Many of our difficulties arose out of our confined location on the mission station. Others came about because of unhealed areas in people’s lives. I was also much younger, without the maturity of my perspectives today.
Through these insights, God brought to mind: “Let your conversation (writing) be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Col 4:6.
God transformed my writing into words of grace and forgiveness.
This was one example of how God taught me to face fears, not just in writing, but in other areas of life.
I faced my fears square on. Fear can also hide below the surface, masquerading as worry, anxiety, nervousness or timidity.
I asked strategic questions:
- What exactly am I afraid of?
- What does God want to say to me through this fear?
- What does God want me to do?
- What would I attempt if I were sure the Holy Spirit would fill and enable me?
There will always be challenges in overcoming fear. But as we wade into the river of fear and take one step at a time, God will part the water and we’ll find secure soil under our feet. And God will strengthen us as we dare to be an artist.
DARE to be honest about the world that is around you and within you.
DARE to go as far as the stars—and even farther.
DARE to go as deep as your own heart and the deeper heart of God.
~ Murray Pura at InScribe Fall Conference (2013)
Now over to you. What has God taught you about facing your fears?