What Do You Fear Most?
by Jamie Erickson
Typically, the more you sit in fear, the more you fear it. You become paralyzed by your fear of fear. You convince yourself you’ll never find bravery, and that negative self-talk anchors you, dragging you further and further down an ever-deepening pit. In truth, this fear of fear usually comes from a misunderstanding of what fear actually is.
So often in Christian circles, all fear is painted as sin; as the opposite of trust in God. But fear is not the opposite of trust, and certainly not all fear is sin. Some fear is actually a healthy, God-made emotion given to humanity for our own good. Without it, we would have no common sense. But fear can’t be permanent. It was only meant as a temporary caution, a temporary fix, a momentary remedy. Eventually, fear will propel you to fight or flight. You’ll either have to flee your fears of homeschooling or face them.
Fleeing is the easy way out, of course. Running the other direction from something often produces instant calm and immediate safety, but fleeing doesn’t usually make the difficult thing go away. It just ignores it. In the end, you’ll have to make a choice: Will I face this obstacle, or will I sit forever in status quo? Both sides of the question are scary, so your answer will have to depend on which fear you fear most. In that way, fear is a great motivator. It propels action. When given the choice between what is and what can be, bravery chooses the latter, and that makes all the difference.
Since you’re homeschooling, there was probably something about the status quo—the public or private school options available—that you fear, or at least don’t like. And since you’re reading about this book, I’m also going to assume that you fear homeschool failure. Which fear do you fear most?
Jamie Erickson taught elementary school before becoming a mother. When her first child turned five she made the decision to homeschool her daughter. Four more children followed and she homeschools all five. Jamie is the founder of The Unlikely Homeschool and a popular education blogger. Her website, social media channels, and blog encourage and equip a growing tribe of more than 50,000 homeschooling mothers around the world.