Mighty is he who conquers himself. – The Tao.
Each of us faces fear. Whether it be something real like a diagnosis of cancer or something not so threatening like my dislike of snakes. Fear takes many forms. We admire other’s courage when they face fear, and we call it courage even when the person isn’t afraid of something but we are. For example, I think a zoo keeper who feeds snakes has tons of courage, where he/she may not fear snakes at all. A better example would be our admiration for nuns and missionaries who face disease, poverty, and possible death every day, yet if you ask them they say they go about their work without fear at all.
Perhaps that is what the Tao is all about. What takes more courage – to do something dangerous without fear, or to do it in spite of it?
As you meditate today think about your fears, and pray for the strength to overcome them to do the work you are called to do.