A successful businessperson admitted her fear of not maintaining her volume of sales. A headmaster admitted a similar fear of not maintaining student enrollment. The leader of a charity was afraid of a drop in donations due to new tax law changes. Students fear bad grades. Athletes fear a losing record. Parents fear for their children’s well being. The list goes on and on.
Fear, it seems is all around us. It is also a valuable indicator for the disciple’s life.
Generally, when I fear, my focus is on a problem. I should say my focus IS the problem. Because when my focus is ON the problem, it is misplaced. My focus is more helpfully placed upon God.
…What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?” (1 Cor. 4:7b)
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. (Col. 3:2)
When I realize I am wrestling with fear or anxiety (not exactly the same) about circumstances, it is most helpful to use the fear as a reminder, an alert, or reminder.
First: All I have is from God anyway, so I need neither a big head nor a fear of failure.
Second: When I discipline myself to keep my focus on God regularly, he, as my focus, relieves me of my fear… because in my fallen state, fear is inevitable.
As I focus on him, my faith increases. As my faith increases, my heart and mind are freed to work at my profession with freedom and joy as I do my best and then…
trust him for the result!
A longer list of texts I use for meditating when I find myself afraid in circumstances is HERE.