Magazine article Anglican Journal

Facing Deep Fears Leads to Growth

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Facing Deep Fears Leads to Growth

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Eric Friesen's eloquent, honest and brave article (Jonah's journey to Nineveh, and mine, Jan. 2015, p. 2) addresses our need to tackle areas of fearfulness in our lives, and to search earnestly for the latent resources (faith) that we all have to overcome them.

As he rightly points out, we render our greatest service when it costs the full price of facing up to challenges; service has reduced value if (unlike the widow's mite) it comes only from our surplus. If we confront only what we know we can easily overcome, where is the muscle growth? Pain and tribulation can deliver achievement, healing and strength.

While fear is a natural reflex for self-protection, and confronts us whenever we have to move outside our "comfort zone," combatting it increases our confidence of success. Confidence snowballs with practice.

"Being brave" is not something only for the young or able-bodied. Herbert O'Driscoll's hymn reminds us all, of any and every age, that "The love of Jesus calls us to go where he would go, to challenge all that limits, to change, to learn, to grow" (Hymn 434, Common Praise).

By strange contrast, a piece in the same issue (Rois makes top 100 list, p. …

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