"Fear of man will prove to be a snare but whoever trusts in the Lord will be kept safe."
When I was little, I had a huge fear of Darth Vader. I used to sleep with the covers pulled over my head and would lay very still. I wouldn't dare look out from the covers because I knew if I did, Darth Vader would be there breathing very, very heavily.
I'm proud to say that I have since conquered my fear of Darth Vader but have only replaced him with other fears. When we first moved into our house, I had a hard time leaving Addy alone in her room. Our room was so far away and I was sure, someone would sneak in and take her without us knowing.
I had a Fear of Man.
I've had Proverbs 29:25 written on a homemade dry erase board next to my sink for the past couple of weeks and it has been such an encouragement to me. I've memorized it and at times, said it to myself over and over again. I don't find myself looking over my shoulder when I go in to check on Addy late at night and I've been able to apply it to other areas of my life too.
Often times, I care way to much about what other people think, about me, my house, my clothes. I'd even go as far as to say, it's been an idol in my life. I'll make us late for church, because I must look perfect and I'll start arguments with my husband over how our house looks right before we have company.
When you think about it, it all comes down to a
Fear of Man.
"Fear of man will prove to be a snare."
Snare: trap, pitfall, noose
It's a trap. Worrying to much about what people think, just leads to a trap.
"But whoever trusts in the Lord will be kept safe."
So, who cares what people think of me. My hope is not in the people of this earth, but it is in the one above.
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