Living in fear. Are you afraid of illness? Failure? Rejection? Pain? Loss? We all have something that frightens us. And according to my pastor, Craig, this past weekend, what we fear the most is what we value the most. Too often we get caught up in the “what ifs” and end up placing our faith in them instead of our Sovereign God. Craig suggested that we allow ourselves to go down the what if path. His purpose in that was to prove that we would eventually find our way if a worst-case scenario happened to us. That we would eventually begin to put one step in front of the other and begin to live again. A different kind of living but still living. My biggest fear is that something will happen to my children or that something will happen to me while they are young when they need me so much. Clearly, they mean the world to me. But if something happened where I could no longer tousle their hair or kiss their cheeks or hear them laugh or cringe when they fight, if that happened and my heart was literally torn to shreds and probably missing a true heartbeat, I know that my Redeemer will be there. He will carry me and comfort me and cradle me in my tumultuous and dreadful situation even when the days come and I would prefer death to living on this earth. I still know He’s there. He’ll always be there. I’ve been making a conscious choice to surrender them to God daily. And it’s working. It’s not easy, but it is working. In what area of your life are you living in fear? What steps do you need to take to surrender that to Christ?