Overcoming Fear and Adversity

Some days the lessons that Life teaches really present themselves full force. Yesterday was one of those days.

First we attended the wedding of one of my wife's cousins who lives north of us in New York state. This poor guy has suffered his whole life from violent seizures. So much so, that we wondered if he would ever have a normal life. And there he was on the altar with his bride getting married.

Then we drove back to central New Jersey for the 50th birthday party of an old friend from church. She has been battling cancer for years, with several close calls. So far, she has beaten it. Despite the presence of death that walks with her every day, she is a joy-filled woman, living every moment to the full.

Later while driving in the car, my wife's sister told us a story about a friend of hers and her son. The friend and her son had been watching the new Summer reality series Brat Camp, a show about a group of troubled teenagers who are placed in an outdoor wilderness therapy program. It was the episode about how the teens face their fears by overcoming the adversity of a ropes course on a sheer cliff in the Rockies.

After watching this episode, the son turned to her mom and said that, if those kids on the show could overcome their fears, he too would face his.

We all have our fears to face. We all have adversity in our lives. Sometimes we wonder if we have what it takes to face these difficulties.

This morning at Sunday Mass, the Gospel reading was the story of Jesus walking on the water in the storm and Peter coming out of the boat to meet him...then sinking. Peter walked by faith, then sank from fear of the strong winds.

What helps you to overcome fear and adversity in your life?


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