I remember growing up and watching scary movies.
I don’t know what it is that attracts people, especially children, to want to watch a movie that will either make you jump out of your seat or give you nightmares. I guess it’s because we know that it is really a movie and nothing is going to happen to us, but the movies still get our heart rates up and put that fear inside of our minds.
I also remember asking my dad if I could stay home, by myself, to watch an episode of The Darkroom. Before the show was over, I was at my neighbors - scared and shaking - I don’t remember asking to stay home after that.
Now that half my life is over (so far as I can tell) I know there are no such things as ghosts, tiny little men, trolls or any other ghoul that can be made up. Still, when I watch a scary movie my imagination gets to me and I find myself turning on all the lights in the house, or making sure the front door is locked, and the porch light is on ... and other preventative measures so I am not attacked by a lunatic or zombie.
In real life, we still experience fear, or another name for it could be anxiety, when we deal with certain people in certain situations. Whether it is an overbearing boss, aggressive neighbor or just someone we know that makes us nervous when we talk to them.
One “simple” verse I like to remember when dealing with men, and women, in everyday life. It’s easy to remember and very comforting, especially when you consider the context in which it was spoken.
The people had a real reason to fear man, in the first century, they could literally be killed for their beliefs. Luckily we don’t have to worry too much about that in this country, the most we usually have to worry about is upsetting someone by saying the wrong thing, or embarrassed because we have been cut down by someone who likes to do that sort of thing.
Matthew 10:28 “... do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”