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Fear and Courage II

Fear and Courage
Fear and Courage II

Responding to fear

Fear and CourageDuring my early years, I did my responding to fear and courage without courage. I wanted to live void of fear and full of courage. After all, fear causes many unpleasant sensations like feeling hot yet with cold skin, shortness of breath, a knot in the stomach, and the strong wish to just run away and somehow hide.

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Fear and Courage II

Fear or Courage

Fear and Courage
Fear or Courage

Climbing up behind Christ

Fear or CourageFear or courage are interesting emotions, especially when we are climbing up behind Christ on His stallion. Simplistically, fear first occurs in an area of the brain called the amygdala. This is an important lifesaving brain part. Your amygdala sometimes moves you to escape even before you are aware there is a life-threatening problem. Certain of your sense organs (eyes, ears, tongue, skin and nose) constantly send signals to your brain. Your senses (what you see, hear, taste, feel and smell) filter into your brain, including through your amygdala, which evaluates those signals and decides if you are in danger. If the amygdala senses a threat it will communicate with your whole including with the motor area in your brain to take the necessary steps to prevent your injury. You need this protection. At this point you do not need courage, therefore you do not have a fear and courage conflict. You do need to protect yourself. The fear or courage problem surfaces when reality warrants the fear reaction and yet for your personal reasons  you seek to ignore your fear, such as saving someone out of a burning building.

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Fear or Courage

The Carousel and Christ

The Carousel and Christ

The Carousel and ChristChrist’s abundant life

The tension between the carousel and Christ and His abundant life will always be my focal memory of the fair. When I see a carousel at a park or in a store parking lot, both happy and struggling memories of the fair instantly return, most are carefree and happy. A few of my memories birthed out of a struggling young boy trying to be a man or at least an older boy. Because of Christ, the real differences were in me, not in the fair. In our area of the country, the fair happens once a year and every year it has roughly the same rides, games, rodeo competition, animals, and food. The fair did not change; what I did and who I was because of the fair changed.

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The Carousel and Christ