First, let me start off by thanking you for always popping up during the times in my life when I was standing within the threshold of greatness. Your presence served as confirmation that I needed to keep moving forward. Also, thank you for all the negative comments you whispered into my mind, if it weren’t for them, I would not have realized how mentally strong and resilient I am. You are such a liar – you told me I couldn’t when I really could. You told me I wasn’t good enough when I was just right, and you even told me that it wouldn’t work when all I had to do was put forth the effort to work it! Yes, some of your words may literally have caused me physical pain in the depths of my abdomen, and even caused me to cry at times, but thank God that even though you gave me pause, you could never completely stop me.
Fear, I need to let you know how much I absolutely despise you. I have watched you kill my friends’ dreams, assault their relationships and hinder their prosperous futures. I have heard my friends repeat to me the negativity you deposited into them and saw them adopt those toxic beliefs as their own. I tried to save their minds, encourage them to fight you, defeat you and overcome your wicked influences, but some still fell victim to your attacks and settled for mediocrity. I have been given a front row seat in watching some people change their college major based on your negative suggestions. I have even watched some people give up in the middle of starting their own business, based on your depressing predictions.
I even fell victim to you during a certain difficult period in my life, but later I finally got tired of going to sleep with you at night and waking up to you in the morning. It is impossible to sleep well when fear is present. I used to be afraid to live because of you. I used to be afraid to speak because of you. I even used to be afraid to love because of you, but I have long been set free from your influence, and life is so grand! Truth is, you could never bind me – you don’t even carry rope or chains in your arsenal. You simply encourage your victims to defeat themselves through procrastination, sloth, self-doubt and choosing to settle. Today is a new day, and my life is growing and free to flourish like never before. You see, Fear, it is because of you that I now know who I am. I know my strengths as well as my weaknesses. I know what I am capable of and I know that if I press forward, I can always escape your influence and emerge into my greatness. It amazes me that you even had the audacity to tell me what I could not have in my future. You tried to be a cancer that eats away at the beautiful path that God has laid ahead of me. Truth is you cannot exist in the presence of success, greatness and power.
“Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32
Fear, I figured you out! You have no more substance than the image of my shadow on a moonlit night. You are like a vapor and you are defeated with one simple rebuttal to your negative comments about my life. I have also learned that your greatest enemies are love and faith. Once I figured that out, I began to take Love and Faith with me everywhere – they have proven to be excellent bodyguards against your attacks.
The beautiful thing about my figuring you out is that once my eyes were truly opened to your weakness and your shallow faced, it became impossible for me to respect your opinion ever again. So now every decision, adventure or future plan need only be discussed with Faith. See, Faith understands me, encourages me and lets me know that all things are possible. Not to make you jealous, but Faith and I have become better friends than you and I ever were or ever could become. The more challenges I face, the stronger my bond with Faith becomes. I do not know what I would do without Faith; it has added more substance and happiness to my life than I thought possible. Because of you I also did not trust Love, but through Faith I was re-introduced to Love, and it is because of Faith, I became no longer afraid of Love. Love told me that the two of you cannot dwell in the same place, because Love casts out Fear, so Love has truly proven to be a repellent to your corruption. I will be writing Love an apology/thank you letter once I get finished with my letter to you.
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18
You are quite resilient, every now and again, you knock at the door of my mind and spew your negativity just loud enough for my mind to faintly hear, but I continue to refuse to ever let you back in, and I remind myself of how good it feels to live a life without you, and in an instant you are gone. Oh! I almost forgot, there is another thing I learned about you, and it is that you are a true coward. If I resist you just once, you tuck tail and run.
I have seen you keep people from sharing wonderful testimonies, and even watched you keep individuals called to preach the gospel bound, gagged and seated. You are very convincing, but I am exposing you for who you really are.
What is probably most unfortunate is that I was not your only victim. I know that even now, you are afflicting the minds of millions who may never overcome you and reach the destinies they were meant to reach. Hopefully through my writing this letter, it will expose you for who you really are.
True, I hate to look back at all the time I wasted being in this dysfunctional relationship with you, but enough regret, now I am too busy living. Now, I feel more powerful than ever, more productive, inspired and free and I shall never regret shunning you from my present and my future. You have now been dismissed from my life’s journey; I have outgrown you! Consider this our last official communication.
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”2 Timothy 1:7
“So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” Hebrews 13:6
“And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”Hebrews 2:15
“For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” Romans 8:15
Hi, my name is ______________ and I used to be addicted to Fear.