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In times like these, we need the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson:

“The wise man, in the storm, prays not for safety from danger, but for deliverance from fear. It is the storm within which endangers him, not the storm without.”

When a new year begins, you hear lots of predictions about what’s going to happen in the coming year. But they’re usually wrong.

The truth is, we don’t know what the future holds. As my 6th grade teacher, Mr. Davis, frequently reminded us, “Only two things are certain: death and taxes.”

So what do we do with a fact like that?  There are at least two possibilities.

One, we can live in fear of what might happen. We can walk around like a juggler who is juggling sharp knives, afraid that one is going to fall and slice him up. But that leaves us vulnerable to “the storm within.”

Or we can get the upper hand on fear by living for something that is bigger than failure, bigger than disappointments, bigger than tragedy, bigger than fear.

Love.

Not love as only an emotion, but love as a way of life, a way of being, a commitment to do no harm and seek the good of all, without conditions or expectations.

The Bible says:

“Perfect love casts out fear.”

Genuine love is the one thing fear can’t handle. It’s the one thing we can focus on when the storms rage.

And, strange as it may sound, living a life of love equips us to stand tall in the storms.

When love and fear get in the ring it’s no contest. Love wins every time—by a knockout!