“God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” – 2 Timothy 1:7
In Dune, the celebrated science fiction writer Frank Herbert wrote “fear is a mind-killer” as the opening to the Litany Against Fear. That tiny statement sums up fear better than anything I’ve ever read.
Fear will prevent you from living the life you want to live. The fear of failure, ridicule or rejection often stifles our actions ultimately preventing us from allowing ourselves to act. When something invades the mind, it kills the thoughts that produce fruitful acts. Fear causes us to wither away and eventually die at the hands of our own minds. Although it is not a literal death, our fear can rob us of the ability to live, imprisoning us in an abyss of inaction.
When our minds are clouded with fear, we forget that God placed everything we need inside us. Fear is a foreign mindset—the ultimate negative energy. We have to allow the discipline within us to strengthen us not to be afraid.