What is up guys?!
It has been a beautiful couple of weeks here in West Virginia! And this week, I wanted to talk to you guys about fear.
The bible says specifically: do not fear. But what about being scared? Is there a difference? To me, there is!
Fear is letting something hold you back, and being scared is temporary.
What do I mean?
To me, being scared is not a long term issue; you get scared, but you keep moving despite what it looks like. Fear is being so afraid that you just stay where you are and let it hold you back.
In one of my favorite TV shows, one of the characters says, “It’s okay to be scared. It means you still have something to lose.” I want to add to that statement and say: if you let it hold you back, that’s when being scared turns into living in fear, and that’s when it turns dangerous.
Look at the spies that Moses sent out to the Promised Land… they returned in fear. Because of this, God made the Israelites wait until the whole generation died before leading them into the Promised Land. Fear held them back.
In the New Testament, there was a lady who didn’t have enough flour or oil to survive another week with her son, and she was asked by a disciple to make him a cake first. She was scared that if she did this then her and her son would die.
In actuality, because she didn’t let fear hold her back, they had enough oil and flour to last them until they could get more!
Like I said… being scared is very different from living in fear, and living in fear can be very dangerous!
I was scared when I was asked to be a blogger for Arise Ministries, but I didn’t let that hold me back and I absolutely love it! God understands you being scared and still doing what He has called you to do, but He commands us not to live in fear!
Remember, God loves you and so do I!
Hannah Benson — known for her big heart, her kindness, and her eagerness to serve — is the author of the Overcoming Autism blog.
Hannah was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 14, and now uses this media platform as a way to reach out to those living with Autism and other handicaps. Hannah shares tips and coping skills for those with Autism and for family and friends of those who have been diagnosed; she also relates her life to stories in the Bible and chronicles the lessons she’s learned along her journey.
Hannah Benson can be found on Instagram @hannah_benson94 or on Facebook on the Overcoming Autism Hannah’s Story.