We all deal with fear. Whether it is fear of speaking in public, fear of flying, fear of failure, or many other kinds, fear can paralyze us. Many young people today will look at their parents and think they don’t experience fear. But you and I both know that we do. I have had many fears in my life. Life is about overcoming our fears. That is what I try to teach my children. This is what I tell them about how to overcome fear.
1) Fear can be a good thing. If I fear the right things it will keep me in line. You need to discern the things that are good to fear.
2) Don’t let fear keep you from trying things. Some fear is healthy, but the wrong fears will keep you from experiencing some fun activities. Never let it hold you back from doing things you enjoy. Be courageous enough to step out where it’s uncomfortable.
3) Don’t fear being different. This is a big one our kids need to overcome. I encourage my kids to be the person God created them to be and not someone the culture tells them they should be.
4) Overcoming fear will make you stronger. It’s human nature to be afraid. However, when we overcome fears we grow stronger in the long run. Every time we move forward in the face of fear we get a little braver and a little more likely to overcome our challenges.