Be Not Afraid

What Are You Afraid Of?!

That’s the question I ask my kids when they run screaming out of their rooms at night like they’re being chased by an Uruk-hai from Middle Earth. I don’t know why there is such a fear present for them, and I make sure to let them know I think it’s unreasonable…why do I do this to my poor kids? Why do I not try and nurture and encourage them and let them know I’m here for them in their times of fear?

When we don’t have the ability to relate and empathize with someone, we often act out of frustration. This is where I end up with my kids during these episodes, I just can’t see why they’re struggling with fear because I can’t relate. My wife is so good about helping me to understand that it’s okay for them to fear and for me to comfort them. It’s a perfect picture of the love that God has for us, He comforts us when we’re scared to death. Even when we’re scared to death for no apparent reason. He loves us tremendously, and His loving arms are there for us when we run to Him.

Moral of the story: Run to Him. Not to the world and its temporary fixes, but to the Everlasting Father.

Phillip Whitfield
Phillip Whitfield is a passionate follower of Jesus and a youth pastor, husband, father, and an all around nice guy! When he's not sun tanning on the beach in South Texas, he's studying to teach young people about Jesus and hoping to support parents in raising up their children in the ways of God so that they never depart from it!

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