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Overcoming Fear (3 of 6)
A Sunday School teacher asked her class of young married women,
"What is the fear that grips your heart, your worst fear?" Each of the
girls wrote down her foremost concern. They went something like this:
"I'm afraid that something will happen to my children."
"I'm afraid that my children will rebel against our
leadership when they're teenagers."
"I'm afraid something will happen to me before I can raise
"I'm afraid something will happen to my husband and we'll
not be able to raise our children together."
On and on it went. Each of these young women shared with honesty
the heartfelt fear that gripped her mind and heart. And I'm sure that
if every one of you would be honest with God and yourself right now,
there's something somewhere in your life that brings anxiety or fear
to your mind and heart.
Well, you're not alone. Fear grips the hearts of many people,
even some very famous and seemingly secure people. It is absolutely
amazing to know that some of the most outstanding people in the world,
some of the greatest leaders have fears. For instance, Enrico Caruso,
the great singer, had a fear of drafts. One time in a restaurant in
New York, when a waiter opened a window, he dived under the table to
keep from getting in the draft.
Katherine II, of Russia, was terrified when she noticed that her
hair was getting thin. She had some wig-makers come and begin to make
up wigs for her. In fact, she locked the wig-makers up in the palace
for three years so nobody would tell her secret.
Did you know that Kublai Khan, who conquered more space and land
than any other conqueror in the world, was absolutely afraid of old
age? He had all his finest horses killed at the age of six, and all
of his ministers exiled at the age of sixty. (Be glad you weren't a
horse or a minister under his administration!)
Queen Elizabeth was looking in the mirror one day when she noticed
a wri ...
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