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.