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Fear or Love?

“In life, you are driven by either fear or love.” I heard someone say. It was such a powerful statement for me. I started reflecting on how easily I can get caught up in fear, rather than love.

I started the process of going back to college. As I began the application process, I became discouraged about the whole idea of school very quickly. This discouragement turned into doubt, then the doubt turned into despair. My addiction was feeding me lies, or even half-truths that turned into lies. I started believing the lies for a bit. My mother then noticed how I went from being really excited to go back to school, to suddenly completely losing my drive. She called me out on it. She asked me why I was doubting myself and becoming so discouraged. I recognized it and then decided to dig deep to find out what exactly was going on with me.

I was afraid.

I was afraid to go to back to school. I had fear of doing it sober, fear of the new school scene, fear of failure, etc. I was being DRIVEN AWAY from school by FEAR! Five minutes before starting the application process, I was DRIVEN TO school by LOVE! So, I had to focus on that part; love. I love recovery. I love helping people with their addiction. I love watching the transformations and testimonies addicts have.

Now, I’m starting to recognize that when I’m feeling a certain way about a person, place, or thing, I need to figure out which feeling it really is; fear or love. A lot of times other emotions stem from that, like anger. I’ve also noticed that with me, sometimes pain turns into fear, or even the other way around.

So, I ask you this… are you driven by love or fear?

Love has always gotten me in the better place I want to be. I also constantly remind myself that the Bible mentions to NOT BE AFRAID 365 times. So, for each day of the year, I can read a verse that reminds me to not be afraid and instead; love.

One verse that I recite often when I’m feeling anxious and afraid is found in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

LOVE. A SOUND MIND. Exactly what I need to focus on!


2 Replies to “Fear or Love?”

  1. torry22 says:

    I honestly feel like in any situation you have in life you can ask yourself is it love or fear, and then you can go from there to figure out the rest. I love this blog, and appreciate all the raw and realness you put out there and telling your truth. It inspires not just me, but so many people.

    Thanks again!

  2. Luz.Feliz says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this post, for it made me evaluate certain aspects of my life that I didn’t really think I had to think about right now. Sometimes I think many people, including myself get stuck in certain situations-sometimes even relationships between family members that get us in that mindset of fear versus love and I think it is a valid discussion to have. In addition, we see many young adults staying in violent situations thinking that what they are experiencing is love when in the end they are in such fear they cannot escape. All in all, thank you for your post.


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