Though similar in definition, faith and fear are on opposite ends of the spectrum

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 8, 2008

Have you ever stopped to think that the definition of faith and fear are almost identical? Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Fear is the substance of negative things possible in the future, but the evidence is not seen. FEAR is False Evidence Appearing Real.

As a believer, I continue to experience both in my life.  The one thing I know, without a doubt, is that both cannot exist in a person’s life at the same time. The Bible says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. I wish I had more wisdom.

God has given me a small measure of faith that I pray will increase. I’ve let fear control my life many times, and I realize it’s my enemy but, at times, cannot shake the negative emotion.

At a group meeting last week, the subject was overcoming fear. The question was: What do you fear the most? I shared that my biggest fear is that when I face death, I would be a wimpy Christian. I added that regardless of how I lived my life, my family will most remember how I faced death.  

I pray that I will not be afraid and will be a witness to my family that the Christian life I talked about was not destroyed by my lack of faith in the end.

The Bible says that we are to run the race to win.  Getting a good start, maintaining a good lead but failing to cross the finish line in any race makes you less than a winner.

I hope for the courage to live the rest of my life like I will live forever, but live each day with joy as if it was my last. My desire is that my children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren will know that I enjoyed life and accepted death with dignity and integrity but most of all a strong faith.  

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