I love Alfred E. Newman. He’s kind of like the icon of my soul, the poster boy for my path through life—anxiety. In the 70′s, I was an avid reader of Mad Magazine, and that’s where I met my good buddy Alfred.
I refuse, of course, to give in to fear, and there are plenty of Bible verses that remind me: “Don’t fear.” But I also know that six cups of coffee a day are perhaps not the best path through life, and I routinely choose it, too.
MaryKate Morse in her article, “Flourishing, Not Fear: The Gift of Power (Part II)” gives us enough Bible verses and reasons not to fear but instead to choose lives of confidence in Christ.
Or, as Søren Kierkegaard said (found on the Facebook wall of my friend Darrell Grizzle): “With the help of faith, anxiety brings up the individual to rest in providence.”
That’s what I’m hoping and praying and eating my Bible for.