Three Questions To Ask Yourself When Fear Comes

Today I’m going to write about something we’ve all struggled with and that’s... fear. Some of us deal with it occasionally and for others, it’s a constant battle. I’ve had my own fair share of fears to overcome, and I thought I’d discuss a few to make you laugh and think about your own.

I can remember being a little girl terrified of practically everything. One day I was sitting in the car, looked down, and to my dismay a baby caterpillar was crawling up my leg. I screamed so loud you would've thought I got hit by a car. Tears rolled down my face as my mom removed the creepy crawling intruder from the vehicle. I was afraid of the dark and didn't dare go downstairs at night. I remember having a doll that scared me to the point of having nightmares. Even at my grandmother's house, I would turn her figurines around so they wouldn’t be facing me.

Now that I’ve thoroughly exposed myself, you can see how funny and irrational these fears are. I believe most of our fears are irrational, but it’s not always easy to tell. Sometimes fears are based on actual experiences that were traumatizing. Knowing the difference, however, is important. Most of the time we are holding ourselves back from life for nothing.

Now, whenever I fear something I sit down and ask myself three questions:

1. What are you currently afraid of?
2. What is the worst outcome pertaining to this fear?
3. How likely is this going to happen?

These three questions put everything into perspective. First, you're acknowledging the fear (instead of trying to suppress it), the possible outcomes, and the likelihood of it occurring. Most of the time, the worst outcome isn't that bad and the likelihood of it happening is low. Even if you think it will happen, figure out the potential outcomes and take action. This is a productive way to face your fears and I encourage everyone to give it a try!

I sought the Lord, and he answered me
    and delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant,
    and their faces shall never be ashamed.

Psalm 34:4-5

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