At Halloween we dress up trying to look frightening and spooky. But we know that it is all pretend; there is really nothing to fear.
I once heard this expression..."In life, the fears that we cannot climb become our walls." They keep us from experiencing the joys in life that we might experience if we had the courage and faith to surmount them.
When I was a child, I had many fears. My father would tuck me into bed at night. We had a ritual. He would listen to my prayers and rub my back. And then he would leave. When he turned out the light, I would see shadows on the wall from the streetlights outside. I would imagine that they were monsters, Dracula, or Wolf man. I would lie there frozen, staring at the shadow not knowing what to do. Sometimes I would call my parents to come back in the room. They'd turn on the light and the monster would disappear. When they'd leave it would be back again. I would say another prayer and then hold my pillow tight and eventually fall asleep.
As an adult, I know that those shadows were merely shadows. But as a child they seemed very real and scary. It is usually in hindsight, from a higher perspective, we see the things from our past that frightened us and we know that they were far less threatening than we perceived them at the time.
When we let our fears keep us from experiencing love or joy in life, we allow it to control us.
What is your worst fear? Most people would say that death is what they fear most. But Jesus told us and showed us that even death does not exist. Life is eternal.
A friend of mine called today. She had met a wonderful man from out of town and they had a great time together for a week. He then went back to his home and they emailed a couple of times, but she realized that there was something in her that was holding her back from expressing how she really felt about him and their time together. She was afraid of getting hurt, of rejection, of putting her heart on the line. In the end, she took the risk and moved through her fear. She told him how she felt about him. I wish I could tell you that this couple is getting married or moving closer together, but that is not the case. But by being honest to the man about her feelings, she found out that he doesn't share the same feelings about her at this point. But now she knows and can get on with her life. It was a big step for her to be honest about her feelings--it was empowering and courageous.
Don't allow your fears to become walls in your life. If you are afraid of something, shine the light of Truth on it and see it for what it is.