This post is a follow up to “The Three Emotions Every Student Brings to School”
Which Fear is for You?
There are two forces we can choose to fear.
The first choice is the disappointments and devastations of the sinful world. The nature of our flesh magnifies every uncertainty, the not knowing breeds fear.
The second option we can choose to fear is the almighty goodness and
power of God. 1 Samuel 12:24 says, “Only fear the LORD and
serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you.”
The tricky thing about fear is that we have to constantly choose between these two forces. Fear is a continued tactic of the enemy. It simply locates one’s weaknesses an
d insecurities and latches on with the squeeze of a vice. Even now, as I consider the debilitating affect fear presses on us, I experience an honest worry for the future path our students face.
Helping Our Children Overcome Fear
1. Help the student know their worth.
What are the truths we show the students about themselves? Do they hear that they are valued and worthy of love?
This takes constant effort in removing judgement and inserting grace. I know there are days I’ve failed my students in this. I’ve acted out of frustration and irritation causing the children to view themselves as a nuisance rather than a person of great worth.
In his book The Heroic Path John Sowers wrote, “The enemy knows if he can separate us from our true name, our identity, and our place, we will derail. Often times his work is finished after that, we destroy ourselves.” We must help our students identify their identity and hold t
hem accountable to that. Are they being the best version of themselves?
2. Help the student know they’re not alone.
Are we fostering a community that supports and comforts every member? Not one should feel isolated, not one should journey alone. We were created to journey life together. The community should bring joy to the experience.
Fear can either be found in the horror of this world or one can fear the almighty power of the creator of this world. The latter being a much healthier option.