Who remembers the show Fear Factor? The stunt/dare reality game show originally aired between 2001 and 2006. Show contestants faced their biggest fears: spiders, heights, extreme stunts, and mental stunts -eating live bugs. People would compete to face their fears for a chance to win $50,000. It was like a train wreck, even through you wanted to look away you couldn’t.
What stunt would you have the biggest challenge facing? What’s your biggest fear?
The phrase “fear not” appears in the Bible approximately 103 times.
God must have known that we would need His wisdom to get through our fears. Fear is a natural part of lives, and it is necessary for our survival. We need to be afraid if a mountain lion is charging us. Fear needs to be with us when crossing the street, facing a swarm of killer bees, or when we are in an unsafe situation. It is fear that helps us survive this situations.
But fear can also get in the way of the newness God seeks to bring us in our lives. One of my favorite quotes from Pope Francis is “Brothers and sisters, let us not be closed to the newness God wants to bring into our lives.”
God seeks to bring greatness into our lives, but we must be open to the newness this will bring forth in our lives.
The question remains, how can we create the openness God needs to bring forth newness in our lives?
Here are two ways:
1. Prayer. Pray without ceasing. Pray for the grace to be open to the newness God wants to bring into your life.
2. Scripture. Find peace in the scriptures. Read the Wisdom Books of the Bible – Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Wisdom, and Sirach.
Invite Christ into your life and see where the journey takes you.