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A while back I was listening to an online talk show and one of the hosts said something that was eye opening for me. So I wrote it on a sticky note as a reminder. She said that fear is faith inverted.
What does “fear is faith inverted” mean?
To me, it means that if I fear something (and of course I do experience fear at times) it is because I have put more of my faith into the idea that my fear will come true rather the positive alternative.
Why is that so eye opening?
I have gone through many phases (mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and physically) to get to where I am today, and part of that journey included times of having no faith in anything beyond what I could see and experience. At the time, it was hard for me to understand how or why there was anything beyond this life… and I know I am not the only one to experience these thoughts.
When that talk show host said that fear is just faith inverted it reminded me that I have ALWAYS had faith in something. So even in my darkest days, when I would have labeled myself an atheist, what was really happening was I was putting my faith into the idea that nothing higher than man existed.
Faith is an inevitable part of being human. Perhaps it is coded in our DNA, making us all men and women of faith. Either way, like breathing, we cannot escape faith. We simply have the option to choose how we use it. We can choose to breathe slow and deep or short and fast. Likewise, we get to choose how we use our faith in any given situation.
Tonight I saw a sign that said let your faith be stronger than your fear and that reminded me of what I had written on that sticky note. I wanted to share this with you in hopes that you find your own strength in these words…
Fear is faith inverted.
Let your faith be stronger than your fear.
One of the fundamental steps in our growth & progress is learning how to apply our faith in a way that serves us best.