Don’t let fear, anxiety or worry consume you. Let go. When I was a little kid I was afraid of the dark. Many of us probably were. I was afraid that some unknown creature or alien would pop out of a closet or claw out from under my bed to drag me off to some underworld dimension. For a while I even had a stream of nightmares about wolves eating me alive. I know, creepy right? I slowly overcame my fears of the dark, but if I’m honest there are sometimes still things that keep me up at night.
I struggle with panic attacks and anxiety. I take medicine for it. There are sometimes when one little thing can take my mind on an ever growing snowball rolling down a hill turning into a full blown avalanche. Something as simple as my daughter spilling milk in the back seat of my car on a drive can turn into me thinking she’s going to reach down to try and get the milk cup only to bump the door lock throw up the door and fall out of a moving vehicle. The likelihood of this actually happen is so small it’s laughable. Yet, somehow it gets in my brain.
Fear. Anxiety. Worry. Panic. They creep up on us even as adults. We all struggle with them in one way or another. In his new book What Keeps You Up At Night author/pastor Pete Wilson takes on the topic of fear. He examines what those fears do to our minds and hearts and offers helps in the form of faith, hope, and trust. This isn’t a pray the fear away book. It’s practical and helpful. It helps us realize that while fear is a force to be fought, life continues. We cannot allow ourselves to be crippled by our fears. God has created us with a plan and purpose, to life an abundant life. An abundant life is not one held down by fear.
As someone who as struggled with fear for a long time this book is one I would recommend. It’s a strong source of help and hope on the topic.
“I just can’t ever seem to shut off my brain and rest.”
It’s easy to feel paralyzed by uncertainty. We want our questions answered, our decisions affirmed, and our plans applauded. But life doesn’t come with an instruction manual and rarely follows a straight path. How would your life change if you learned to lean into uncertainty instead of waiting on the sidelines for just the right moment or opportunity?
The paradox of faith is that you can’t activate it until you act on it. Trust compels us to move forward. If you don’t, then you’ll be left with a laundry list of unrealized expectations. You were meant to experience a life of abundance and blessing, not frustration and failure.
Clarity only comes when we look back. So if you wait until you have clarity, you’ll never find it. Instead, you must move forward even when you feel scared to death. That is when you’ll be able to turn the fears that keep you up at night into fuel for your journey.
If you want to experience a breakthrough in your life, then you must find a new cadence that will provide the strength you need to move forward in spite of your doubts, questions, and fears. The rhythm of faith is not hinged upon our circumstances but our willingness to surrender.
In his most insightful work since the debut bestseller, Plan B, Pete Wilson provides a plan for living that will lead you to a place of peace that you’ve only dreamed about and a life filled with meaning, significance, and satisfaction.
- LifeWay: What Keeps You Up At Night? Bible Study Book
- Pete Wilson’s Website: PeteWilson.tv
- Sermon About the Book: Crosspoint