Superkid, have you ever been in a difficult situation where you didn’t know what to do? I have. It can be unsettling until you know how to respond. Have you also been in a situation where you knew exactly what to do? I have. The difference was huge! I felt less turmoil and concern, and I was able to react quickly and do what I knew was right. When you know what to do, fear and worry don’t enter in as easily.
The next few months, I would like to talk to you about “What to do when….” As we shine a light on difficult, confusing or uncomfortable situations, we can preplan our responses that will help us win over those situations. As I am thinking about you and what problems you might be challenged with, one comes quickly to mind: fear.
Fear can come at you from many directions, but one thing is for sure. God did not send it! Before we go any further, you need to know that. Although the Bible talks about the fear of God, it’s not referring to being afraid, but it means the awe, respect and honor for God. Second Timothy 1:7 (The Passion Translation) says, “For God will never give you the spirit of fear, but the Holy Spirit who gives you mighty power, love, and self-control.”
That settles it, doesn’t it? That’s good news because if God was giving me fear, I couldn’t very well go to Jesus to help me get rid of it, could I? Phewww! That’s a big relief. Now, let’s talk about where fear does come from. Fear is a tool of our enemy, Satan. He uses it to keep people in his control. BUT Jesus has already beaten him! The devil can only try to trick us into being afraid.” So he tries, but the more prepared and smarter we are, the less he can deceive us.
One way fear can come is by what I call the “half-the-story trick.” This is when you overhear someone say something that seems scary, hurtful or dangerous. When kids hear these things and don’t tell a grown-up about it, they don’t find out what is really going on. It is easy to imagine all kinds of things that aren’t true when you don’t know the full story.
Let me tell you an example. Years ago, something terrible caused a building to collapse. I heard of a child who saw this on the news. And while that could cause some fear, the building was far away and not a threat to the child’s safety. However, TV news shows continued to air it, day after day for weeks. This child thought that buildings were being knocked down in cities all over the world! That’s a terribly heavy weight for a little child to bear alone! Yet kids don’t always ask questions or learn the truth about what they’ve heard. Don’t feel bad, adults don’t either!
How can we prepare ourselves to prevent this kind of fear from developing in our hearts and minds? I have some practical suggestions.
#1 Every time any kind of fear comes, say, “NO! I refuse to be afraid!” There is a great deal of power in YOUR choosing to not be afraid. Picture fear as an animal trying to get into your picnic basket. No, not a bear…picture a mouse! Mice are easy to scare off when you realize how BIG you are, compared to how small they are. Fear is like that mouse—powerless when you stand up to it. That’s YOUR picnic basket! Don’t let that mouse in there and don’t let him trick you into thinking he is a bear! That’s the same way you watch over the peace of God in your mind!
#2 Give that fear to Jesus and let Him fill you with peace. He IS our peace. Psalm 23 is one of my favorite scriptures. Verse 4 tells us how Jesus is our peace. We can remind ourselves that He is there with us all the time. “Even when your path takes me through the valley of deepest darkness, fear will never conquer me, for you already have! Your authority is my strength and my peace. The comfort of your love takes away my fear. I’ll never be lonely, for you are near.”
#3 Go straight to your parents or leader and tell them what you overheard. They can help you understand the situation better. Many times there is nothing for you to worry about. In those times when there is something troubling going on, your parents will help you deal with the fear.
#4 Make a decision in your heart to trust the Lord and your parents or leader to handle the scary thing you heard, and to take care of you. If fear tries to come back, just remember that mouse trying to get into your picnic basket! Picture your lunch: An amazing sandwich, your favorite cookies and all kinds of goodies are in there, and it’s yours! You are not letting that mouse anywhere near it! And you are not letting fear steal your peace!
Superkids, I want you to understand something: There are two kinds of peace. There is a natural peace that comes when you understand the facts about what’s going on. Knowledge gives you some peace and fixes some of your confusion. Better though, is the true peace that can only come from Jesus. The Bible says that this kind of peace goes way beyond our own ability to understand the situation. Jesus brings this to our hearts when we let Him.
Now that you know what to do, the next time you hear something that scares you, you’ll be armed and ready to say, “NO!” You’ve got this, Superkids! Better than that, Jesus has got YOU!
No Fear, Superkids!
Commander Kellie ♥