F.E.A.R. Stands for False Evidence Appearing Real. I remember a time when fear ruled a large part of my life. Fear of: Rejection, Pain, Failure, Being Open, Loss, Being without, being alone, Future, etc. You name it and I feared it. But most people wouldn't have know that I even dealt with this because I was so afraid of being rejected and showing vulnerability that I masked this from the world. The only ones who knew the truth were Me and God. I overcame this fear by facing the thing I feared most head on with God's Grace. (Another story and another time.) After realizing that I wasted so much time fearing things and not living the life I was called to live I discovered how my fear damaged those around me. When your dealing with Fear in your own life you have a tendency to project negativity into the lives of those around you. How is that? By being hypercritical of everyone and every situation. By putting unrealistic expectations on them. By rejecting them before they can reject you. I know I am not just talking about myself with these examples. I thank God that through the challenges in my own life God has been able to free me from the trappings of FEAR. I find that it is liberating to not have to pretend and be myself. I find it amazingly refreshing to live a transparent life with no apologizes about my imperfections. We all have them and its the reason why we need God. He is strong when I am weak. I am humble when I seek assistance from my fellow neighbors who has the strengths I am lacking. Fear is so underrated! When we look at the world and what we can accomplish if we just put Fear aside and embrace Love, Empathy, and Cooperation I am energized! I AM Free to be ME! The Me God has called me to be and I am unapologetic about who I AM. Instead of Fearing the attributes that God has given me or rejecting myself because it doesn't fit the mold that someone else wants me to be I AM EMBRACING them. What I now know is that there are many people still locked in the prison of FEAR. When you've been there yourself you know how to spot someone still there. The change that I want to be in the world is to walk in complete freedom of FEAR. I don't want to apologize for myself because others don't like me or choose not to understand the beauty God has placed in me. Everything that happens in our lives is meant to develop us more into the likeness of Christ. Whether if it is Good, Bad, or Ugly it should call us to a greater awareness of belonging to the Creator and his redemptive gift of Christ. God has given us many things Power, Love, and a Sound Mind. Not one of which is FEAR!