We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face. (Eleanor Roosevelt, America’s “First Lady,” 1933-45)

It may not be a common experience for most of us, but occasionally you might come up to a frightening situation. It’s then that Roosevelt’s comment applies. She continues, “We must do that which we think we cannot.” That’s what courage is, doing what must be done when you’re not sure you can do it. A strong trust in God and His providence might be all that you need.

Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety (Proverbs 29:25).
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7).