Friday, February 27, 2009

I tell you, get up, take your fears and worries and go home

Fear can paralyse you. So can insecurity. Unfortunately I'm well acquainted with both. They come for a visit every day, and even though I tell them they're not welcome, they always get their foot in the door. Once they're in, they quickly make themselves comfortable and eat all my favorite chips.

I fear something happening with my kids, I have fears about the future, insecurities about my performance as a mom, fears about what others might think of me, the list of things to fear is endless.

But I don't want to be paralysed by fear and insecurity: I want to live my life to the fullest. How do I do that?

Jesus simply tells the paralysed man to take his bed and get up! According to Anselm Grün, a Benedictine monk, the bed symbolises the fears and worries that have kept the man paralysed. He doesn't heal him from his worries and fear: he simply tells him to take them with him.

So that's what I'm going to try and do: I won't let my fears paralyse me anymore! I'll just grab them and take them home with me. They are a part of me after all, so maybe I'd better welcome them in and try and live with them.

Then maybe we can share the chips.


bassackwards mom said...

My grandpa always told me "don't borrow tomorrows troubles, think only about today".....

somedays, that's easier said then done!!

Cindy said...

thanks for visiting me.
yes it's sad that the city schools are terrible and she just wants her kids to have a good education!

Veronica Lee said...

Hi Nicole. I'm dropping by via EC!

Katie, Kevin and kids said...

I came by to see your WW pic. Yum! Too bad I am trying to give up sweets for a season...Guess I'll have to find something else delicious to "tie me over".
This post on fear is great. I was just thinking yesterday how silly it is that I worry about some things and in reality I probably don't know all the things I could be/should be worrying about. I am better to just let them all go and lean on the peace that passes understanding.


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