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When your beliefs are challenged

Have you ever believed something for a long time without questioning it? It could be something about yourself or others or how life is supposed to be. I know I have. There were years that I believed somethings about myself, others and about life in general.

When I finally faced my beliefs and questioned them, I realized how wrong I was. My beliefs were mostly motivated by fear and assumptions.

When I was a young student, I believed that in order to be successful in life you need to have a high-paying job. So, I worked hard, got through college and got a job in a corporate company. I realized I was very fixated on how much I was earning and I probably did not have the right motives. It was not that I didn’t enjoy the job, but it had become solely about the money. So I did some soul searching and realized that I carried this fear of not having enough money from childhood when my mom lost her job. This fear consumed me so much that my sole objective was to get promoted and I overworked myself to the point of exhaustion. When I finally got promoted it wasn’t enough and the cycle began again.

When something affects you deeply, it can cause you to fear the same thing happening again. So any remotely similar situation can trigger fear. You could also become paranoid about imagined outcomes which may never occur in your life. Fear of debt-like situations controlled my work life.

These fears can be overcome only when we change our beliefs. This happened when I had to SURRENDER my worries about my job and earning to God. I came to believe that God is my ultimate provider. He is Jehovah Jireh.

Solomon, the writer of the book of Ecceliastes states:

This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction in their toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given them—for this is their lot.
Ecclesiastes 5:18

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