Fear is a liar.
by Kevin Brownlee, Agora Strategic Advisor
Having been through the deepest depths a business owner can go through, I know all too well fear is real… a loan balloon payment due without funds to pay, losing valuable employees to a poaching competitor, dwindling backlog, and a looming potential bankruptcy including losing my family’s home to the bank, to name a few.
At a very low point one evening, grasping at any hope I could grab, several words from Scripture meshed together into one thought: Dwell on what is real now instead of what might happen…which caused my fear. In fact, I blurted out: FEAR IS A LIE.
Fear only exists in my imagination of what might happen. The fears I had last week never came true this week, so time spent worrying last week was wasted time and harmful too. For me to worry today about what might happen next week is to put hope in a lie.
Now, to be clear, the threats were very real. However, choosing to fear what might happen is just that…a choice. I chose to concentrate on today and work on a plan for tomorrow. I realized fear causes our mind to ignore reality including the valuable blessings we still have now, and it clouds our ability to think and plan how to mitigate the potential threat.
Fear also causes us to lose trust: Trust in our abilities, in others, in our plan, and above all…trust in God. Trusting that God would actually use all of this for good somehow. There’s hope in that.
Even though the treats are very real, their future harm to us rarely happens as we imagine. Deal with what you can today because today is real, and let tomorrow be. Fear of tomorrow is not real.
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