Tax Day saw the very worse side of life for many Americans and no, it wasn’t about taxes at all. The cowardice act of terrorism that happened at the Boston Marathon brought renewed fears and anxiety to the hearts of many people across our great country. I believe that these acts can do one of two things: either it brings us to our knees in fear or it brings us to our knees in prayer. Either we choose to believe God will be with us or we give up faith and surrender to our fears. George Muller said, “The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.” It has to be one or the other. You can’t yield to both, because the two are incompatible. “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” Jesus spoke these words to Jairus as if they involve a choice. They do. Faith and fear are often categorized as emotions, but they each come down to what you choose to think about. Worry-driven thoughts chip away at your confidence in God’s ability to provide. Faith-driven thoughts have the power to knock fear off its feet. Choose, then, faith-driven thoughts. Remember again and again what God has done before. Sing again and again a favorite hymn. Recite again and again a promise from Scripture. These open the door to a faith-filled perspective, pushing fear out of the way. Faith or fear. It’s a choice. One eventually overtakes the other, so choose your thoughts carefully. Peace, Skip

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