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Sunday, March 2, 2014

What Room Does Fear Have?

I used to be afraid at night - afraid of the dark. Afraid that just beyond that point my eyesight allowed me to see that there would be something lurking. Afraid that the darkness itself would somehow surround me and swallow me up. As if darkness were anything more than just simple the absence of light.

I used to be afraid of tomorrow, afraid that who I was would continually dictate who I am and that who I would be would be might be someone who I didn’t like very much at all- as if that there was no such thing as being made new.
 
I used to be afraid of opinions - afraid that words would not break my bones they certainly would shatter my dreams. As if I started doing this for the approval of many rather than the glory of one. 

I used to be afraid of failure, afraid of losing, afraid of falling, afraid of being wrong, creating buzz and looking absolutely stupid because who am I to think that I could ever actually make a difference.

As if those setbacks or anything more than stepping stones on the path to success. 

I used to be afraid. I used to. 

But then I did a little research. And by that I mean  – I researched and I researched and I researched over and over gain. And through all my researching I keep coming up with the same exact question.

What room does fear have? What room does fear have when I cling to trust? What room does fear have when I lean on hope? 

What room does fear have when I search for something more, when I discover what’s good and when I stand in awe, when I run for perseverance, when I walk by faith and when I rest in comfort. 

What room does fear when I sing with praise? When I take hold of inspiration, explore the possibilities and step in to freedom? What room does fear have when I discover strength, embrace courage, remember peace, declare truth, choose joy, experience life and conquer death? 

What room does fear have when I find perfection in the one place I never thought to look? In weakness, when I’m saved by the most unlikely of heroes.

By grace. when I’m invited into a relationship more loving and intimate than I could ever imagine as a child of God. 

I’ll ask you again, what room does fear have when I step out of the darkness and I’ll bask in the light. When I let the past be the past and the future has no limits, when they can talk all they want but their opinion doesn’t matter. And when failure is nothing more and nothing less than the road by which I walk my path to success.

I'll ask you one last time - what room does fear have when in His words He tells me 365 times, (depending on the translation) DO NOT BE AFRAID. As if I needed to hear that every single day. And as if that's how many times I needed to hear it before I finally believe. 

What room does fear have - when I make room for LOVE. 


P.S. - excerpt from the ANIMA SERIES

19 comments:

  1. wow very inspiring sir jay! :)

    ini-imagine ko na ito'y parang isang inspirational message na binabanggit mo sa harap ng maraming tao at nang matapos mong sabihin ang lahat ay umugong ang nakabibinging palakpakan dahil marami ang naliwanagan at na-inspire sa iyong mga nabanggit :)

    marami nga ang nalilimitahan na gawin ang gusto nila o maging kung sino man ang maging gusto nila dahil sa FEAR...

    DO NOT BE AFRAID- Siya na ang nagsabi :)

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    1. As they said FEAR is False Evidence Appearing Real. So we must not be tricked by it. Or else doing things that we LOVE will not be done if we continue to entertain fear. Thanks for dropping by :)

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  2. What a wonderful reminder of God's unfailing love. We don't have to fear for anything when God is in us.
    Continue sharing my brother. Bless your heart.

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    1. God is LOVE therefore FEAR doesn't exist in His realm.

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  3. As the saying goes Dad, without fear we are all as good as dead. Fear makes as human. We'll never know how it is to be brave and to stand up for ourselves and other people if fear does not exist. We should not be afraid, but we should not limit fear from us doing great things.

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    1. Thanks June,

      But LOVE defeats the very essence of FEAR. Love is the all essential element that even fear cannot intrude.

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  4. Very well said Jay! God's love for us will always be there to guide us. I remember the homily of the priest earlier reminding us that God will never forsake us. We just need to seek him first.

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    1. Thank you :)

      Indeed, He will never forsake us. We just have to make space for love in our hearts and things no matter how difficult to bear will always be bearable.

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  5. Amen to that. Everyone has fears and what separates a man for his peers is that he tries to overcome it rather than succumb to it. And yes, with Jesus at our side, we need not fear anymore..... unless you call your girl by another name :)

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    1. Exactly, fear only exist if we lack faith to the Divine. :) :)

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  6. When I saw the word fear i suddenly thought of Star Wars, especially Master Yoda. hehehe! Alam kong insipirational post ito at napaka outlandish naman if i will be commenting something about George Lucas' world, hahaha! But hear me out.

    In some ways, there is truth with what Master Yoda told young Anakin- fear is the path to the dark side. A jedi must never make room for fear in his heart because the moment fear got a foothold of you, it's over. It is one of the roots of many evils in life.

    Strange enough, the lord sith encourages his apprentices to uphold fear of their masters. That and hatred. In fact, it was fear that drove me to the glories of my promotion and a fatter paycheck. It's hatred that pushes me everyday to do better than the others and crush them all. No, I'm not evil. Yes, I'm a sith apprentice. Hahahaha!

    What I'm trying to say is, fear and hatred can really be good driving forces, but the thing is, they will push you deeper into a dark hole and all of sudden you find yourself trapped in a place that you really don't want to be, despite all the power and human glory you get.

    In perfect love, there is no fear. And when one walks in love, there is freedom. Freedom to do good and the perfect will of God. But one must make a step of faith and free oneself from fear, be brave enough to make a giant step.

    Well, I'm still waiting for darth sidious orders. hehehe...

    May the force be with you!

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    1. Well said!

      Agree with what Master Yoda said. "Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering."

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  7. I saw this on the YouTube channel of anima series and was wanting parts of it for a tattoo I'm planning. Thought I was going to have to listen and write it this saves me so much time. Thank you good sir.

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    1. Actually, it was taken in Anima Series - that's why there is a sort of credit on the bottom part acknowledging the Anima Series. You can have the full text at your convenience. Just please don't forget to credit the real owner of it. Thanks for visiting my site. :)

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  8. Is this taken from Jon Jorgenson?

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    1. Yes, this was taken from the Anima Series that's why there is a credit on the bottom part of it mentioning the source. Thanks for visiting the site. :) I just shared it so that others who are not aware of the Anima Series and who visits my blog will be able to read this.

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  9. I admire on how you have expressed fear in many ways that grasps into the darkness moving to the light of hope. Come to think of it, Fear defines our faith. As i mature in life, fear measures my innate ability to be able to withstand the things I often refused to come across with. That is..the fear of reconciling with truth on how I would be perceived as a person and of how am i be judged by people whom I wished to please..? then as realization comes to this age.. i learned a lot. Fear defines us as we succumb to it in life...overcoming it signifies and intensifies our faith.. that soon defines our foundation of belief. While fear can be seen as an obstacle..I get to see fear in a different light. Where there is fear..there is always a need for faith. Amen to u!☺️

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  10. This made my day.. I know what you mean that Fear is False Evidence appearing real..

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  11. Thank you for this. It has inspired me. Inspired me to get back to that part of me that used to be fearless and to remember that one can have fear AND faith = but NOT at the same time. God Bless. <3

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