Paralyzing Fear

Write about your strongest memory of heart-pounding belly-twisting nervousness: what caused the adrenaline? Was it justified? How did you respond?

“I walked slowly to center stage, visably shaking. I stared out on a darkened auditorium, and my  knees threatened to buckle at any moment. Panic overwhelmed me, and the poem I was to recite  was long gone from me. I could feel the blood drain from my head and I was faint.  Heart beating fast and hard I stood, a statue, unmoving, pleading for some unknown source to rescue me. I was nine. Beyond that simple prayer, I anticipated nothing.”

1 thought on “Paralyzing Fear”

  1. Blog site is looking really nice! Good job! I remember you telling me this story. It’s similar to some of my singing performance stage fright. It’s interesting how we can paralyze ourselves at times with self made fear. I’m trying to remember another comment you made to me about the source of my fear. My desire to have others like me and fearing their criticism. I don’t want to misquote you but my memory of that conversation is that fear has no place in our desire to do our best for God. Who are we striving to please, our peers or our Lord? Basically our focus is in the wrong place when we allow fear to take over. I appreciate your training! Thanks!

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