Jul 22 2009


I wasn't sure how to take it at first.  It was definitely a nice gesture - a book on my desk with a note from my boss saying, "Thought you might like reading this".  The book was on fear.  "Do I exhibit a fearful demeanor?  Is there something I should be afraid of?"  I didn't think I was showing fear, but my boss must think so ... now I'm kind of fearful!  The book is called "Fearless" by Max Lucado.  I just got the book, so I haven't had a chance to read it, but reading the synopsis of the book I now get it.  Max writes:

Imagine your life, wholly untouched by angst. What if faith, not fear, was your default reaction to threats? If you could hover a fear magnet over your heart and extract every last shaving of dread, insecurity, and doubt, what would remain? Envision a day, just one day, when you could trust more and fear less.
Can you imagine your life without fear?

Lately, my wife and I have had some conversations on some fairly big decisions we need to make as a family.  This whole idea of not just doing what is safe, comfortable, known has come up a lot.  When it comes to big, sometimes, life-changing decisions it's often easier to revert to what is safe.  Fear plays a big part in that - stepping out into something new, different and unknown can be risky ... it can be scary.  It requires giving up control, too.  Giving it to God.  It takes faith. 

I definitely don't have it all figured out and I wish I could say I always exhibit faith instead of fear when it comes to making the various decisions in my life.  I guess I need to read that book.

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7/23/2009 1:49:30 PM
Chuck Petersen United States
Chuck Petersen
Thank you for sharing this book with us. I need to get a copy of it. I struggle with fear more than I realize sometimes.
8/13/2009 4:21:43 PM
Sara United States
I am a huge Max Lucado fan and am SO jealous you got to read his book before I can even get it!!

I used to sell Mary Kay Cosmetics. i don't anymore, because I discovered it isn't about selling the stuff more than it is about sucking people into the lies of the company. Anyway, one of the things the MK sales force says to each other is "Fear and a faith cannot live under the same roof together"..they usually said this when they were trying to get someone to buy some more inventory but many times in my own life outside of MK, I have thought that fear and faith cannot be in the same space together.

I choose faith. Smile  (and trust me, my MO is fear)

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