The Best Way To Conquer Fear

The Best Way To Conquer Fear

When I lived in Peru my friend Steve and I decided to go to the Amazon. I was advised to get a Yellow Fever shot before we went because there was an epidemic of it going around in the area we were going. So I set up an appointment at the government run hospital in Cusco to get my shot.

I learned quite a while back how vaccinations work. They actually inject a small amount of the disease into you so your body can develop immunity to it. By taking the disease in smaller doses your body is able to fight it off.

I’ve had lots of other shots, but for some reason that Yellow Fever one really creeped me out. It seemed so serious and deadly. It’s not like chicken pox or or something. Yellow Fever can kill you. They warned me I might feel some of the effects of the disease being in my body.

Fortunately, I never got any symptoms and a few weeks later I went to the Amazon with no concerns whatsoever about Yellow Fever.

Fast forward.

I talk to a lot of people who are dealing with some serious fear. It’s kind of an epidemic these days. Heck, I’m constantly fighting it. I was thinking the other day: Could you imagine what we’d all be capable of if we had no fears? It would be nice if there were some vaccination we could inject in us to just give us all courage.

Of course there isn’t, but I’ve seen first-hand there is a way to beat fear – and it works just like that Yellow Fever shot. You have to take on the thing you fear in small doses. You face your fear little by little. I’ve found that most of the stuff I fear is rarely as bad as I think it’s going to be once I get into it.

Courage isn’t the absence of fear. It’s moving forward in spite of fear. So whatever is scaring you right now – be brave and face it. Do it afraid. Even if it’s just a small step forward. A little courage can grow and get stronger. And then sooner than you might imagine you could be heading out into the jungles of this crazy world with a whole lot less fear of what you might be facing.

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:17