Fear Not!

I recently joined an online writer's group where the moderators ask a question, and members email their responses to each other. I read and I learn, but I don't usually share anything because I am so new to this writing "gig" that I feel I don't have something worthy to share. This week's question, though, was one in which I (unfortunately) have a great deal of experience: "What are you afraid of?" The question, of course, related to the field of writing, but I felt led to share what I will now share with you as well.

Since I will be speaking at a Ladies Tea in June on the subject of fear, I have had this on my mind. If you are coming to the Tea and want to be surprised, stop reading here. But this is a preview of what I'll be sharing.


Fear has been a constant companion all my life. One of my biggest fears has always been the fear of public speaking. I’ve heard that the fear of public speaking is the #1 fear in this country. The #2 fear is death. That means that at a funeral, the average person would rather be in the casket than delivering the eulogy! Jerry Seinfeld said that, and it’s the only punchline I can ever remember, probably because it hits so close to home.

Over the years, I’ve learned that there is only one fear we ought to have – the fear of the Lord. There is nothing else to fear. I’ve heard that “fear not” appears 365 times in the Word. This means that there is a “fear not” for every single day! Fear has served a purpose in my life. It keeps me on my knees. I know God can supernaturally remove it, and He has done so on occasion. But, if He doesn’t, I understand that it causes me to go to Him.

Despite my fears, I have been a speaker for years, but writing is a new endeavor for me. I struggle with whether I am good enough and how much there is to learn about this craft and this industry, but I do not want to be like the servant who buried his talent. We have to give an account someday of what we’ve been entrusted with, and I want to be found faithful.

To me, fear is like the threshold found in a doorway. It prevents me from going further. When I was little, I remember being afraid of participating in a pillow fight my dad was having with my sister. I stood silently at the entrance to the room, even after they invited me to join them. I still find that fear prevents me from moving forward. BUT, as the bride of Christ, I daily choose to allow my Bridegroom to carry me over that threshold, past that fear, leave it behind and enter into a place of peace, free of fear.

These verses have ministered greatly to me:
"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee." Isaiah 26:3
"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love." 1 John 4:18
“In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?”
Psalm 56:4


Maria said...

Dear Susan ,
Speaking and writing go hand in hand. You have always been a fine speaker and from what I have read over the last few months, your writing has blossomed. Every day is a lesson and I am sure that your written works will be published.
We never give ourselves enough credit and are sometimes we our own worst critics. I know it is not right to be boastful but neither is it right to have low self esteem. Write your hearts content and know you have an audience out there between your friends, family and associates, we are behind you all the way.

Carol said...

I wanted to let you know I really enjoyed this morning’s blog!! Thank you for the wonderful writings you post!
Love, Carol

Kim said...

You are really being listened to - keep it up.