Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Quick litmus test for fear & love

Thoughts from something I read earlier this morning:

The easiest way to tell if you're operating out of fear is to look at your question:  If you're wondering, "What will happen to me?" (my plan, goal, mission, job, dream for the future), fear has you buy the tail.  It will swing you around for days as you wrestle fruitlessly, and it won't put you down until you're dizzy, exhausted, and hopeless.

To switch your focus to love, change the question.  Ask:
"What will happen to the person or people my plan, goal, mission, job, or dream for the future is for?"
This might not get us to easy answers.  But it puts our thoughts in the right place and directs our eyes to look through the right lens.  Then we see things differently and notice options we miss when fear has hold of us.

To change the options, change the question.

"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment." - 1 John 4:18
Encouraging stuff :)


Corina said...

This verse is totally stalking me. Thanks for another reminder. :)

Laura said...

Great post. This verse was on my kitchen blackboard for months. Love it! Just switched it up for Joshua 1:9. Glad you're back, Trish!