“You cannot evict Fear, but babysit its children.” -Ciara Lilly
If we truly want to renounce Fear, we have to also release Fear’s children. And it’s tough, because Fear’s children, at the surface, don’t look like Fear. In fact, it’s easy to mistake Fear’s children as our friends; but if you look at them closely, you’ll see characteristics of Fear. So I’m sure you’re asking:
Who are Fear’s children?
Fear’s children are: guilt, unforgiveness, resentment, anger, worry and shame. And trust me, they’re not cute. They’re needy, but they don’t give anything in return. They, like Fear, are sneaky. They will take your joy, your happiness and your peace, so you’ll need them more. And they can achieve this only because we fail to put them out with Fear.
There are people who have been babysitting Fear’s children for years. They’ve fed Fear’s children, they’ve provided shelter; it’s safe to say that they’ve become dependent on the company of guilt, unforgiveness, resentment, anger, worry and shame. If this is you, ask yourself these three questions:
By babysitting Fear’s children, what parts of me have I lost?
What parts of life have I missed?
Is it worth it?
Fear and its children do not care about your well-being. They don’t care about your happiness or your fulfillment. You’ve cradled Fear’s children too long, put them down and live your life again. Babysit Hope’s children- faith, love, peace and joy. They will strengthen you, they will build you back up, they don’t ask for much, but they give you everything you’ll ever need. Your life is waiting for you to show up. Your joy, your happiness and your peace await you. So what do you say? Are you ready to give Fear and its children that eviction notice, effective immediately?