By definition, fear is a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid.  Discomfort is 1. an absence of comfort or ease; uneasiness, hardship, or mild pain. 2. anything that is disturbing to or interferes with comfort. 
    Occasionally we mistake one for the other, though the two often accompany one another.  Certainly fear is a more potent force, though discomfort is obviously also unpleasant.
    For example, when Mike is deployed what I mostly feel is discomfort....in the form of unease.  I do not live with fear for the year that he is gone.  There are, of course, those moments that I have to remind myself that "God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of sound mind."   ( 2 Timothy 1:7)
    On the other hand, when I think about the marathon that is now only two months away, fear and discomfort collide to become absolute terror!  I don't actually "fear" the "discomfort"...I expect it.  What I fear is that the discomfort and the fatigue will become so great that for me the race will be incomplete. 
    And so for now I will believe in FDR's assertion that "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself" and I will carry on.


 


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