Running Away - Pt.2

People run away for a reason. Usually the reason(s) are rooted in fear. We are afraid to face something and that causes pain. People have been known to leave their marriages, family, careers and obligations. You may know someone who one day just up and quit. Why? What happened? When we allow our own fears to go unchallenged they will become bigger than life. That is to say they will become so large, it will scare us to run.

Healthy Fear helps us stay out of trouble. My wife is allergic to peanuts and any other nuts that exist. She will run away from peanut butter. The smell of it can send her body into shock. We are talking throat closing, tongue swelling and open blisters in the mouth. If it goes untreated she would die. So running is a really good idea.

Unhealthy Fear usually gets us into trouble and enslaves us. I knew a lady 12 years ago who was afraid of frogs. The first time I saw her react to one she nearly injured everyone around her. No kidding. People were ducking and running - the women just lost it. The frog was harmless and no bigger than a quarter. A childhood memory was so blown out of porportion that the image of frogs attacking her was real.

I'm not bashing people who struggle with phobias. It is a real problem and God can help. If your phobias are leading you to think about running away from your family, your future or whatever, then instead of running away, run towards God. He will protect you. Psalm 18:2 "The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold." (niv)

If your fear is leading you to behave in a way that is causing injury to you, your family or your church. Then stop and ask God for His help before it's to late. In 1 Peter 2:17 it says, "Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king." Unhealthy fear destroys this verses ability to be a reality in our lives. Unhealthy fear drives us to fight and cause injury to others driving them to run away from us. Unhealthy fear reduces respect, love and honor into hollow shells - plastic trophies - you got it, but it isn't worth anything.

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