The next time you visit my website to read a new blog, it will be 2017. Which means it’s time for me to think about a new theme to guide my posts and thoughts in the New Year.
Thanks to plenty of reflection (and facing a few scary things), I’ve decided to banish fear in the New Year.
Let’s recap the past few years:
Be the change
An Attitude of Gratitude
Those are the themes from 2014 forward. That was the first year I decided that if I had a key thought, it acted like a beacon for me, guiding my writing and decisions.
In truth, these three things have become ingrained in my character. My worldview has been altered by these themes.
Now when I see a problem, I ask myself how I can affect change to help solve it. When something bad happens, I stop myself and search for the positive in the situation.
And rather than opening my mouth to complain, I speak words of thanksgiving. Well, probably not all the time because I’m only human. But most of the time if I start to complain, my gratitude-meter will ask me to check the words before I spew them.
Fear is a bully. The election last month proved this more than anything I’ve experienced recently.
And I don’t like bullies. I advocate for allies to stand up against acts of bullying.
So my theme is going to take on the biggest bully in our world: fear.
New Year New Theme
That’s the theme in a nutshell.
It’s inspired by several things.
The first is a verse from the Bible. The man known as “the disciple whom Jesus loved” penned these words.
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear, because fear hath torment” (1 John 4:18).
Several years ago the same preacher friend who ingrained “accentuate the positive” into my vocabulary delivered a sermon on this verse.
The essence of his message: fear is the opposite of love.
People want to talk about hate being the opposite of love, but if you look at this verse and consider its truth, can’t you see how fear is the real enemy?
We learn to hate what we fear. But if we could be made perfect in love, there would be no room for fear in our hearts.
And no fear = no hate.
Notice how John the apostle said fear has torment. That’s what I mean when I say fear is a bully. Bullies live to torment those they perceive as weaker than them. Tormenting other people makes them feel powerful, confident, in charge.
In order to chain the bully of fear, I’m going to have to learn how to love more perfectly.
Lion Taming in 2017
The biggest bully in a Christian’s world is our adversary the devil. Yes the one Peter calls a lion in his letter (1 Peter 5:18).
The roaring lion is on the prowl to do more than pick on people. He’s looking for a meal. He wants to devour everyone who claims to follow Christ.
The good news: greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4).
I have an advocate, an ally. He stands with me against the hungry lion of fear.
He’s already defeated that lion. And I don’t mean tamed him or caged him. The devil is sentenced to a thousand years chained in the bottomless pit and then an eternity in the lake of fire.
That’s why he’s so hungry now. He knows his time is short. So he plans to step up his game and take out as many unsuspecting sheep as he can.
And I’m no match for him.
But I can defeat fear. Through the love of God.
At this point, I’m planning to post about defeating fear in different areas of life. Each month I’ll address a different area. At the moment the topics are family, career, future, today, tomorrow, friendships, world issues, health and death.
Do you have any other areas where fear corners you? Leave a comment and I’ll see if I can address it in a future post.
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