A family member recently told me,
“We can’t live our lives in fear!”
Out of fear in starting a feud or getting smacked, I decided to keep my mouth shut.
This person was wrong, but I wasn’t going to openly tell them.
I believe folks having a touch of fear in their lives, probably live longer than those that don’t.
The Bible mentions that we shouldn’t have fear in our lives, but I believe those verses pertain to fear of the unknown. The fear I refer to is that which keeps us from doing stupid things.
Pondering things that I’m fearful of creates a rather lengthy list.
I’ll share ten of them:
1. I have a fear of sticking my index finger into an electrical socket and coming out unscathed.
2. I have a fear of telling my wife that it appears she gained a pound or two.
3. I have a fear of placing my hand on a stove burner just to see if it’s hot.
4. I have a fear of driving fast down a pothole-riddled-highway on bald tires.
5. I have a fear of reaching into a hole in the desert.
6. I have a fear of sticking a sewing needle smack-dab in the middle of my eyeball.
7. I have a fear of pulling the trigger on a gun in the house without first seeing if it’s loaded.
8. I have a fear of being locked in a room full of AMWAY fanatics with no way out.
9. I have a fear of embarking on a cruise, or flying in a germ-laden-airplane, when a deadly virus is running rampant.
10. Most of all, I fear the wrath of God when I’m disobedient to him.
The AMWAY incident actually happened. That’s a tale to be told on another day.
Most of the above fears are connected with having common sense. What responsible adult would stick their finger in an electrical socket? Just recently, I read where some guy did just that checking to see if his bathroom circuit breaker was turned off. He found out it was on.
Sometimes these type individuals are labeled as idiots although I don’t use that word. We do run into these brainless folks on a regular basis.
What fool would ever stick a needle in their eye? Hopefully, there are none. Just the mere thought of such gives me the heebie jeebies. As everyone should know, the heebie jeebies is a tremendous amount of fear.
With that said, in spite of my fears, I’m doing just fine.
Looking back, I should’ve replied to that family member,
“Yes, we can live our lives in fear!”
Had I done so, I would’ve wisely turned and quickly scurried away.