I was recently in a situation where a friend was sharing some real fears she was struggling with in her life. I walked away from the conversation feeling sick to my stomach and worried. I felt that age-old feeling creeping in…fear.

You see, if I’m not careful, I can allow fear to creep into my life and affect my decision-making. It can make me overthink, become paranoid, and overly cautious. God defeated this in my life many years ago, but here it was again trying to sneak in and steal the joy-filled life God had victoriously given me.

Fear is contagious, but so is Hope.

A family member called me out on this and made me realize how I was allowing someone else’s fear to affect my own life. I couldn’t believe it at first, but she was right. I had allowed my friend’s fears to captivate my thoughts and mind. I decided in that moment that fear was not welcome in my heart, only hope.

I went to my friend and shared about my own struggles and invited her to welcome hope into her life.

God gives us the tools and ability to refuse giving fear control. His living Word reminds us to cling to hope even when the feeling of fear is spreading around us.

Isaiah 43:1 tells us,

“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine.”

We are His! Fear has no power or hold on my life or yours.

Hebrews 6:19-20b says,

“This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. Jesus has already gone in there for us.”

Jesus defeated fear on the cross, which means there is nothing left for you and me but hope. May we allow it be an anchor to our souls; the foundation we build our lives on.

Fear is contagious, but so is Hope. Let’s spread the hope of our Savior to everyone we see.