Fear Head On
is one of my favorite activities, and I try to
get out for a daily trek through the neighborhood.
A few days ago, while enjoying my morning stroll,
a large German Shepard mix bolted out of nowhere
snarling, snapping and growling. This dog meant
froze in fear as I watched that menacing dog approach,
his teeth bared in a low, mean growl. It appeared
he had every intention of attacking me. I looked
around for his owner, but the street was completely
something akin to indignation rose up in me. I
thought, "This is my neighborhood! Who do
you think you are?" I just couldn't believe
the audacity of that stupid, ugly dog, to think
he was going to bite me on my street, in my neighborhood!
charged toward him a step or two and yelled, "BACK
OFF!" I meant it, and the dog knew I meant
it. Sullenly he backed off a few steps and stopped
growling, letting me pass without incident.
was a real victory for me, since I was bitten
several times as a child by neighborhood dogs.
For many years my fear of dogs accompanied me
on my walks. Even if I came upon a friendly tail-wagging
dog, my heart would start to pound and I would
literally have to stop myself from running home
at full speed (now how would that look - a grown
women running in frenzied terror from a friendly,
galloping Golden Retriever?)
I experienced some relief from my terror in the
past few years, it was the incident with the German
Shepard that set me totally free. It took me getting
outraged at that stupid, ugly dog (and at my stupid,
ugly fears) to experience victory.
incident started me thinking about other fears
I still need to conquer. I believe God has placed
courage in each one of us - but it's up to each
individual to "unearth" it and put it
into action. And just like that stupid, ugly dog
thought he would take some of my territory for
his own, I wonder what other fears in my life
have taken over territory that belongs to me?
is a bully that preys on the wounded. Fear will
take a past event from your life that caused trauma,
hurt, injury, or wounding and capitalize on it
until the fear is so blown out of proportion that
it doesn't even resemble the initial event.
fear is casting dark shadows over your life, perhaps
it's time to put your foot down and say, "Enough!"
Allow the things you fear to be the catalyst that
drives you deeper into your relationship with
God. He is the source of all courage and bravery,
and we would all benefit by spending time in his
presence every day. When we build our spirits
through relationship with God, we are fortified
to face those lying fears and say with confidence,
Friedrichsen is a Christian speaker
and newspaper columnist from Mammoth Lakes, California.
Her seminar, "The Abundant Life" is
a three-fold teaching designed to lead people
into greater fulfillment - spiritually, physically,
and relationally. To find out more about this
seminar or other topics that Paula presents, visit
her website at www.pfministries.com
or call her at 760-935-4295.