FEAR Debilitating Motivating

By Rev. Paul N. Papas II
28 April 2014

Fear, like fire, is an effective teacher, and grades on a sharp curve.

We have all felt fear at one point or another in our lives from real or imagined threats.

Perhaps you hadn’t finished your homework and the teacher decided to call upon you first. You may have wanted to slide under the desk instead of getting in front of the class to present the homework you had not completed. The fear of standing in front of class and being exposed gave way to embarrassment. That situation taught you to always be prepared, a valuable lesson.

Soldiers experience fear in combat situations as they face their deadly enemy. Fortunately their training kicks in as they exhibit courage in battle. Courage is not the absence of fear; rather it is acting in spite of fear.

Had the student or soldier run away from facing their fears they may have been called cowards and continued to run away in the future when faced with unpleasant situations.

Fear could come from a loss; loss of job, car, home or relationship. How these losses are handled make a difference as to their next steps in life. Knowing that an increasing number of people are experiencing economic losses may be somewhat comforting. Economic losses have led to an increasing number of relationship losses and sometimes have led to violence.

We have seen the news where someone decides it would be good idea to remove an elected government and install different leaders. We have seen the fear in people’s eyes as their lives have been disrupted, food is scarce, services and various forms of communications have been disrupted or non-existent. Things were so convoluted they couldn’t tell who the good guys are and who the bad guys are as they try to protect their family and property.

‘No help coming’: AZ preps citizens for EMP attack is not the headline you want to read in the paper.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed legislation to require the state’s Department of Emergency and Military Affairs to prepare materials outlining what citizens need to know to deal with either a natural or man-made electromagnetic pulse event that could knock out the vulnerable electrical grid system over a wide geographical region. The law includes the type and quantity of food, water and medical supplies that each person should stockpile in case an EMP occurs over the U.S.

There many sources of fear and people have found different way to face and overcome their fears.

Unfortunately some will develop such things such as a panic attacks, anxiety attacks to add to their fear. Anxiety and panic attacks can be frightening to those who experience them or who see someone going through one. Kind reassuring words can help deescalate the situation averting more damage to the one having the attacks and those around them.

Survival gear expert Tim Ralston of Scottsdale, Ariz.,…. said that there are simple things that can be done to give people “peace of mind.”

“The food, the water, everything has to do with electricity. And an EMP in an instant would shut that all off,” he said.

Ralston said that less than 15 percent of the Arizona population is prepared for an electrical disruption of 30 days or more.

“I think it’s fantastic,” Ralston said of the new law. “I think any time we can take a proactive step to help people become more self-reliant it will help that transition.”

We Americans have a can do spirit and have proved it over and over again.

Being prepared for life is why we go to school, go to seminars and follow news and events. Being prepared for life can help you deal with life’s challenges, giving you the courage to act. Being prepared will also give you the opportunity to better care for your family, friends, and neighbors. Being prepared will help determine whether fear will be debilitating or motivating.

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

Reverend Paul N. Papas II is a Pastoral Counselor with Narrow Path Ministries (MA and AZ) and Founder of the Family Renewal Center (AZ) http://www.narrowpathministries.org and http://www.familyrenewalcenteraz.org



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