Overcoming Fear

How do I overcome my fears?  First of all, you should know that it’s pretty normal to experience fear before the call of God and what He may be asking of you.  To experience that fear isn’t a bad thing.  Actually, it could even be considered a good thing because it shows that you value the fact that responding to God is important.  It might even be a sign that you do in fact have a vocation.  Very few people even consider surrendering their life to God and even if they did think about it, for many it wouldn’t cause them restlessness.
 
There are so many instances in the Gospel when Jesus tells us to not be afraid.  Do you think He said that just because it sounds nice?  He said it because He knew we would need to hear it – not once or twice, but over and over again.  He tells us to not be afraid precisely because He understands how hard it can be to leave behind a world of “comforts” and “securities.”

You might find it particularly helpful to think of the Blessed Mother.  Her “fiat” or yes to the plan of God for her life shows us that even if you’re afraid, the grace of God is sufficient.  Like her, we might feel awe, fear, and admiration before the call – but it’s all the more a sign of its greatness.  The key is not the fear itself, but how we react to it.  There is where the difference between the “superhero” and the coward lies.  

Fear always appears before big decisions, but you have to choose.  It's true that it’s important to consider the risks involved in order to avoid being led by the enthusiasm of the moment.  It’s all about finding a balance between fear and being too impulsive. 

Young people are generous, but they are also fearful to commit to anything – be it religious life be it married life. Nevertheless, there are so many instances in the Gospel when Jesus tells us to not be afraid.  Do you think He said that just because it sounds nice?  He said it because He knew we would need to hear it – and not just once or twice, but over and over again.