We each enter this world with two natural fears; the fear of falling and the fear of loud noises. Every other fear and anxiety is learned.
Certainly, some fear can be beneficial. It can help us to avoid a dangerous situation or make a necessary change. But, fear can also be very destructive and debilitating. It can limit our effectiveness and even inhibit our ability to give and receive love.
When my daughter was about four years old, she would sometimes become fearful in the night. Shadows and unfamiliar shapes caused her much anxiety, and would usually send her out of her room in tears. However, once the light was turned on and she could see for herself that the monstrous shape lurking in darkness was none other than Egbert, her favorite teddy bear, her fears were settled. She was able to see the truth and find peace.
Knowing and understanding the truth of our fears doesn’t necessarily mean that we conquer them immediately, but it does mean that we have the opportunity to choose how our fears to impact us. And that brings a new freedom that we may not have experienced before.