Read 2 Timothy 1

“Ben, before you leave today can you please meet in the conference room? Thanks.” I knew what was coming. When I was let go from a job I had for 7 years, I can’t say I was surprised. It had been happening all around me. It was simply my turn in the corporate grinder.

Leading up to that moment, I found myself in a place of discontent, fearful of what the future held for Addie and Me. A job with great benefits and a steady income was comforting as a young husband with a 3 year old and one on the way. I became complacent. Instead of trusting God’s direction and prodding to leave something that I was unhappy doing, I stayed where it was “safe”. The months leading up to that meeting in the conference room, I found myself fearful of what may come. A good friend reminded me of this verse:

“2 Timothy 1:7 God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.”

I printed that verse hung it on my cubicle wall.  It was the last thing I removed as I left the building. God gives us opportunities to not only hear about His peace, but to embrace it. Oftentimes we look for it in the wrong places. If you are in a place of fear, remember this verse, own it, and when you are faced with a crisis, it will empower you to embrace it and grow.

— Ben Abu Saada