When I am afraid,
I put my trust in you. -Psalm 56:3
Fear is a normal human response. It's okay to be afraid. But it's what we do with our fear that counts. Will I choose to move ahead through the fear? Or do I get stuck, brooding in bed and playing games on my phone? One is easy. The other is difficult and beautiful.
Fear means that it's important. It's also a chance to choose to act on faith instead of fear.
Once we are aware of our fears, we are almost always capable of being more courageous than we think. Someone once told me that fear and courage are like lightning and thunder: they both start out at the same time, but the fear travels faster and arrives sooner. If we just wait a moment, the requisite courage will be along shortly. -Lawrence Block
List the excuses you use when you're afraid.
Beside each excuse, write out what you would tell a friend who was struggling. Is there a verse or a message of truth you can keep close by to remind you of God's love?