News vs. The Good News

As a mom and teacher I have found myself consumed with the news on occasion. I admit that I have found myself fearful for several different reasons at different points over the years. And I have heard that fear from my own children. However, as a Christian, I have intentionally had to remind myself that fear is not going to run my house. I have quietly said it to myself, I have talked about it with my husband and we have talked about it with our girls. Fear has no place at our table. For a spirit of fear does not come from God, but a spirit of power and love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).


How often are we consumed with the world instead of The Word? If we let the news of the day undo what we know about the Good News of Jesus, we are not being the faithful people we claim to be. Yes, we are human, we question, we falter. I've been thinking a lot lately about how it could be possible to serve others while living in a faith-deficit. Is it possible? I've come to the personal conclusion that it isn't possible and I can't.


Faith and fear cannot occupy the same space so one of the two has to go. I'm choosing to kick out the fear. Sometimes the magnitude of what God did for us through Jesus is too much to take in. So we shut down, refusing to see how it has relevance in 2018 and we begin try to solve things that need faith over fear.   


What I've realized is that if I want to continue to give my best self to others, I cannot let fear keep me from doing anything. Whether it is personal or professional. I have to step over, around or through any and all obstacles that cause me to have fear and distraction. For faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen. (Hebrews 11:1)


What is something that is holding you back today? What are you afraid of? How can you choose Faith over fear, empower yourself and those around you and serve others? In essence, you will be serving yourself and even God in the process when you choose Faith instead. 


I'm cheering you on.