One of the great writers of my early life was the gifted author, Lloyd Douglas. Mr. Douglas served as a pastor in Lutheran and later Congregationalist churches. He retired at age 50 to write, and boy did he ever write. He wrote Magnificent Obsession, The Robe, The Big Fisherman and numerous other books. The three mentioned books became block buster movies. I read the three while still in elementary school and again when in my forties.
On the devastating negative power of fear Lloyd Douglas wrote,
“If a man harbors any sort of fear, it percolates through all thinking, damages his personality and makes him a landlord to a ghost.” Lloyd Douglas.
The emotion of fear is usually more destructive than the thing or action that is feared. Being afraid of rejection is actually causing the life to be choked out of you a little bit a time, for while you’re “afeared” you are standing still. Think about it; If Lloyd Douglas had been afraid of rejection, he would have never submitted the manuscripts for Magnificent Obsession or The Robe. I personally know the sinking feeling when a rejection slip arrives from a publisher. Hey, I even know what a rejection slip from a vanity publisher feels like!! The bottom rung of this chain is when the wife of your youth, remarks, “You’re not submitting this are you?”
I went through a rather long period when I thought I was related to Rodney Dangerfield.
If Lloyd Douglas knew that fear “percolates through all thinking” and “damages personality,” and makes you “a landlord to a ghost,” isn’t it proper to think that Jesus Christ knows even more about the mind numbing effects of fear on the life process over time?
On a few occasions Jesus permitted his disciples to get into fearful situations. When the men feared they were insignificant Jesus comforted them with Matthew 10:31, “Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.”
When the disciples were in the boat, at the Lord’s command the great storm arose. In the midst of it the petrified disciples saw what they thought was a spirit, and were scared to death. Jesus said in Matthew 14:27b, “Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.”
If you are facing a situation, or situations, take the above verses to heart, as yours from Jesus, and march on in life with the courage of Jesus Christ in your heart.
Copyright © 2015 Larry Lilly
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