4. "Fear Not!"
IF SOMEONE were to ask me what I consider the most helpful in overcoming physical, mental, or bodily ills, I believe my answer would be, "The overcoming of fear concerning those ills." Fear, defined by Webster as the "painful emotion marked by alarm; dread; disquiet," is the basis for the prolongation of most difficulties experienced by man. Yet, because fear is an emotion, it is rightfully subject to man, not man to it.
A friend wrote recently, "I want so much to have faith and understanding, but I am fearful and I cannot seem to overcome the fear." My friend's situation is similar to that of thousands of others who are confronted with appearances of physical disturbances and negation. The first reaction to such appearances is dread of what they may mean, the focusing of the imagination upon what impending danger or evil they may bring. Right at this point we need to take a definite stand; we need to recognize the truth that we are children of God and, as such, we have been given dominion over all