What Steals Your Brave?

The future?

The dark?
Public speaking?
Monster under the bed?
Cellulite? Very close veins (I know – varicose)?
Spiders? It has to be spiders right?

Does bathing steal your brave? That’s called abluthophobia (not coincidentally, this fear can make everyone else fear you).

Does poetry steal your brave? That’s metrophobia. I thought metrophobia was fear of guys who are fastidious about their appearance, as in “metrosexual”.

Do chins steal your brave? You’ve got geniophobia. And you might have issues.

Does everything steal you brave? That’s pantophobia. Fear of everything (not pants).

But here’s the thing. The “thing” is not the thing.

It’s not the “thing” that steals my brave, it’s how I think about the “thing”.

Example: I am terrified of spiders. Except the little bitty itsy bitsy teeny weenie ones. The ones the size of a snowflake – not afraid of those. Anything larger, I’m running like a 5 year old.

I have a good friend, same age, similar station in life. He sees a spider, he squashes it with his thumb. I tremble to think about it. I’m also careful not to shake his hands until I’ve seen him wash them well.

Why am I scared of spiders and he’s not? He has no super powers. No immunity to spider bites. No “spider deflector power”. He’s just not bothered by spiders.

He “thinks” differently about spiders than I “think” about spiders.

It’s not the “thing” that steals my brave, it’s how I think about the “thing”.

Can be a truly dreadful thing!
That’s why some are scared of chins, fire, swimming, the future, public speaking…and some are not. 
SO….if I want to get my brave on, I need to
change the way I think
Specifically I need to change how I think about fear. 
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom. Proverbs 9:10
What does that even mean? I’m supposed to NOT fear the monster under the bed, but fear God LIKE I fear the monster under the bed?  Hardly. 
But fear does mean fear. God wasn’t looking for another word, had a mental blank, and had the writer of Proverbs put in “fear” as a placeholder. Fear is fear. 
So what kind of fear? Eugene Merrill puts it this way: “There are, thus, two sides of the fear of the Lord – that which produces awe, reverence, and obedience, and that which causes one to cower in dread and terror in anticipation of His displeasure.”
In Christ, God is still so beyond all we can think and imagine, that in His presence we would shrink in fear – a trembling, shaking awe, reverence and quick obedience. He is terrifying, powerful, invincible, uncontrollable, mysterious, dangerous, but He is good
Get that? God is absolutely uncontrollable, beyond mysterious, horribly dangerous. But God is good. 
So if I am a child of God, I should have that fear of God that produces awe, reverence and obedience. I should have in mind a big, big God who loves me and who takes care of me. 
But, when those “things” we fear become big, God becomes (in our minds and lives) small. Our fear displaces God. When God is big, and fearful, and good, those “things” become smaller and smaller. An all powerful and good God displaces our fear. 
“The remarkable thing about God is that when you fear God, you fear nothing else, whereas if you do not fear God, you fear everything else.” Oswald Chambers
The first step in “getting my brave on” is seeing that God is bigger and badder than anything else in my life. And as big and as bad as He is, He’s promised to take all of my life, and work it out for good (Romans 8:28).
“Think” differently this way:: That thing that I’m afraid of? God is bigger than that, in control of that, Master of that, and with the power of a thousand suns, He has power over that. 
Get your brave on! The things we fear are small….but HE is all. 

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