Excerpt from Let Food Be Thy Gift
Fear is a gift
We need fear. It forces us to listen. It can keep us from danger and it can help us tell the truth. What do you fear? Ignore it, deny it, avoid it, run from it and it will control you. Fear is a window into the past and future. We can look through it and see what we have not acknowledged in the past. It also helps us to see what might shape our choices in the future. Our response to fear determines if we can live in the present as we are designed. This is why it is very important to discover what are our fears.
So sit down, take a deep breath, listen and ask, “What do you fear?” Fears cannot hurt us but how we respond to our fears can lead us to hopelessness or it can lead us to help, hope and healing. We must remember how to respond to our fear with truth and how that response can move us to share our fears with others to receive the love and truth that is needed to live with fear.
Our deepest fears of loneliness, rejection and not being loved can never be solved externally with food, exercise, money, fame, success, relationships, hard work or performance. Fears can only be answered with truth and love that flows in and out of our spirits, hearts, minds, bodies and relationships. Fears are normal. What is not normal is acting like you don’t have fear or that you have a plan to control it? Fear cannot be controlled but it can be transformed by truth and love.
You are not designed to live in fear. You are designed to live “with” fear.
So you have big fears? Don’t we all! Remember that you also have truth and love, and Truth and Love can do so much more than answer your fears, they can transform your fears and give you hope, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
We are not designed to fear fear. We are designed to have fear, listen to that fear and allow truth to answer that fear. Truth will always leads us through fear and to the places where we are known, loved and where we can love ourselves well by practicing a daily health routine that nourishes ourselves, our neighbor and our world.