Be Fearless & Hopeful!

Watching the news and media blowing up over COVID-19 has been interesting. Honestly, I was really annoyed at first. The majority of it is overexaggerated, and society just seems crazy now. But then, I started to notice how SO many people have made it their focus to staying positive in such a chaotic time. Needless to say, that encouraged me! It also helped me understand that health epidemics aren’t to be taken lightly, especially when fear and panic are involved.

Seeing posts about having peace, remaining kind and loving, and helping each other out inspired me to continue living like that and to post about it, too! Being irritated and talking trash isn’t going to help anyone, particularly those who really are afraid. So, let’s continue being fearless, hopeful, and encouraging together!

Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up. Proverbs 12:25

Whatever is said on the news (at any time), we need to focus on what brings us, and those around us hope and joy. Whether that’s Jesus and the Bible, your friends and family, prayer, or hobbies – anything! We can’t avoid global issues, but we can avoid living in and building fearful thoughts.

Worry and fear are diseases that’ll linger around even after the coronavirus dies… unless we prevent them! Just like we take health precautions by washing our hands and socially distancing ourselves, we need to take faith precautions by watching what we say and when we say it, what we always think about and dwell on, and how we pass the information on from the news. Then, we can be free from fear!

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

Instead of riding along with the negativity of the news, we can bring hope within the press. J. Parker, the blogger of Hot, Holy & Humorous, says, “presenting the truth doesn’t excuse us from commands to be loving, kind, gentle, patient, and self-controlled” – that’s what it looks like to be hope and bring hope!

I’m a firm believer in speaking the promises of God, but it’s equally important to live out those promises. Words have a significant impact, especially when backed up by action. The way we live translates our thought life. I do get anxious and frustrated at times! But I’m learning to change the way I approach these feelings by renewing my mind. 

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Hebrews 12:2

We’re called to a life of freedom, not fear. We’re called to hope instead of despair and to peace instead of panic. We’re called to be the light in this time of darkness. I used to look at this verse from a distance and wonder how on earth is it possible to get to such a place. It really isn’t possible until we realize that part of renewing our minds is to change the way we think. The other part is to train.

God gave us the ability to think and process life in a beautiful but sophisticated way, and He didn’t leave us alone for it. He thinks and handles life with us and teaches us how to do it with each other. By continuing to encourage each other, share our stories and perspectives, we’re challenged to start thinking about our lives and which precautions to take. Whether it’s regarding health or our faith; or both. It’s important to point out the truth IN hope no matter what situation we’re in and to train ourselves to be fearless and hopeful.

Let’s talk about what’s going on. How is it making you feel, and what are you experiencing? What are some ways you can help and inspire your circle of friends and family? Your social media feed? Are you changing the way you think and training yourself to think fearlessly and with hope?

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. – Matthew 6:25-34

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