I can count on one hand the times I’ve been scared and feared for my life. I’ve been fortunate that I have not been a victim of crime however I have been victimized by peeping Toms, crack heads, and a few who have tried me.
One night I was alone in my 2 bedroom cottage house in Nashville when I heard a car door slam outside. Now living in close proximity to my neighbors I didn’t think too much of it. I also from time to time would get surprised by my husband. He’d run by sometimes from his night shift as an emergency responder. I had just gotten out of the shower and patiently waited to see if it was him and for him to open the door. The longer I sat on my sofa watching the door, my curiosity rose. After several minutes I got up from my sofa to peek out the window.
I had a door with window panes and there was a window to the right of it. As I raised one blind slat from my window to put my curiosity at rest, I saw a man’s blue Oxford shirt that was simultaneously peeping in my door. Before even having a second thought, I flung the door open. I did not have a gun, pepper spray, taser, or any weapon to protect me. I was just going bat shit crazy trying to see who was peeping on me. Who was victimizing me!
I never did see who it was or found out. Evidence of a man’s boot was left on the front porch from the mud he stepped in on that rainy night. Looking back I could’ve gotten myself killed by acting out of my fear. Since then I’ve learned to pull my 44 Magnum at ease.
If you think about that type of fear and fear you may have physically experienced then it is easier to see how we make mistakes and make bad decisions when we allow fear to guide us. Fear is what keeps us from doing what is best. I know folks that have a successful career, their social status is one that many admire but their fear prevents them from being the best version of themselves. Just because you look like a thing does not mean you are that thing. Remember don’t fall for affluence but it’s the influence that leads. What is fear killing in you today?
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.