I can stand what I know. It's what I don't know that frightens me.
-- Frances Newton
Not every day do we rise with the strength needed to do our part.
Fear of the unknown, often referred to as "free-floating anxiety" catches up to most everyone on occasion.
It's a given, fear cannot exist where there is faith. Nevertheless, certain obligations and scads of "what-if's" recently threatened to undermine my confidence ....reminding me of faith's absence.
Reluctant to ask for help, I instead sought counsel in a favored book of daily devotions. In part it read, "Reach out, be attentive to others -- and the connection to God will be made."
"Shifting (the) focus from self-centered fears to another person's needs offers us a perspective on our own life. It also offers us a chance to let God work through us. Our own faith is strengthened each time we offer our services to God and to a friend in need. What may frighten us seems less important the closer we are to the people in our lives."
So, I'm not saying I felt poised - particularly when the power went out! But once I took a deep breath and turned my efforts "inside out", those crazy fears were certainly dimished; almost forgotten!
As Christians, we are charged to reach out to others with compassion, with love. In turn, our answers will be realized.
May your Today be especially peaceful and pleasant .... aren't we so incredibly blessed?!