Two Sides Of The Same Coin – Fear and Faith

October 22, 2012 — 21 Comments
Two Sides Of The Same Coin – Fear and Faith | Joseph Lalonde

There’s two sides to every coin. And yet it’s the same coin.

Whether it’s face up or tails up. The coin doesn’t change.

Fear and faith work in the same way.

Fear is one side of the coin. Faith is the other.

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You’re probably asking yourself “What’s Joseph talking about? Fear and faith are similar? He’s lost his mind!”

Hear me out though. They’re really similar. Just different sides of the same coin.

Fear is the feeling something bad will happen. In the future.

Faith is something good will happen. In the future.

Do you see where I’m going with this?

Fear is the negative side of faith. For both you’re expecting something, good or bad, to happen in the future.

Fear is tails up. You’re hiding your head as you anticipate:

  • Bad news
  • Car accidents
  • Divorce
  • Sickness

Now flip that coin over. You can have faith.

Faith is heads up. Your head is held high. You’re looking for good to come your way. You anticipate:

The great news is you can flip the fearful side of the coin over and become a person who lives with faith heads up.

With faith you become a happier, more fulfilled person. The world no longer conspires against you. The world begins to conspire WITH you.

You begin to see opportunities for success. Opportunities to bless and be blessed. Opportunities to cherish others.

It’s easy to do but hard to master. If you’ve had fear engrained in your life, it’s a continual battle to overcome fear.

You’ll have to:

  • Look for positive events that happen in your life
  • Look at obstacles as opportunities
  • Look at your current location and see the benefits of living there

Slowly start to change the way you view the events happening in your life. The feeling of fear will begin to slip away. In its place faith will rise up.

Fear imprisons, faith liberates; fear paralyzes, faith empowers; fear disheartens, faith encourages; fear sickens, faith heals; fear makes useless, faith makes serviceable.
— Harry Emerson Fosdick

Question: How have you flipped fear into faith? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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  • http://www.brandongilliland.com/ Brandon Gilliland

    Very cool analogy!

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Glad you enjoyed it Brandon! Do you see this played out in your life?

      • http://www.brandongilliland.com/ Brandon Gilliland

        Yes. Probably a few times every day! haha. I’ve been going through a lot lately.

  • http://twitter.com/LeadingEveryday Juan Cruz Jr

    Joe, I i think I flip fear into faith often. There are a lot of things that I am fearful of. But when I fear, to me is akin to no trusting God, so I quickly go into faith mode. 

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Juan, that’s fantastic! I like how you relate it to a spiritual faith as well. 

  • http://tcavey.blogspot.com/ TCAvey

    It’s all about perspective. Trials are opportunities for God to shine!  Yes, bad times come but we can decide how to let it affect us.
    We can joy in sorrow…if we chose to.
    We can let hard times overwhelm us or we can overcome by claiming the victories found in the cross.

    This is easier said than done. But daily and even moment by moment we can chose to seek God over our fleshly desires. This past weekend we buried my father-in-law. It’s a tough time for my family but we have peace in knowing we will see him again in heaven.
    God is so good, even when we don’t get the answer to prayers we want.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Sorry to hear about your father-in-law. That had to be rough. Yet, like you said, you have faith that you will see him once again. 

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  • http://intentionaltoday.com/ Ngina Otiende

    When it comes to walking in faith, my biggest help has been understanding that God is Good – all the time. Trust is a key ingredient when it comes to walking in faith. When you know that He has a good plan for your life, will never cause you harm, you are able to resist fear.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Amen, that’s a good word Ngina.

  • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

    My decision to go to Guatemala this summer was a leap of faith from fear to faith.  Great analogy with the coin.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      I bet Jon! Leaving comfort behind for a time and going to a strange land. How did your fear change into faith during/after the trip?

      • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

        I definitely loosened up as the trip went along.  I think it’s had more of an impact after the trip.  Our family is currently planning a return trip to Xenacoj, Guatemala this summer.  I never would have envisioned this type of family-trip without the initial journey outside my comfort zone.

  • http://kimanziconstable.com/ kimanzi constable

    My journey to start speaking this year was an example and believe me, there was and is a lot of fear!

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      I can only imagine Kimanzi! You’ve stepped out and done amazing work. As you continue to step out and do more, do you find faith raising and fear waning?

  • Jeff

    This is one of those things that I’ve worked on for years.  The “coin” is ever so slowly flipping toward heads.  But it hasn’t been easy.  Ironically, it is my faith in God’s provision that has been flipping my thoughts towards seeing the Positive Now and the Positive Future.  

    I just can’t understand how some people obtain success so early in life, how they’ve captured that attitude so early.  Every time I notice it in others, this is when I just bury my head in the sand — or at least, begin to look for new horizons that I can inch towards.  I literally have to abandon even my familiar friends when they exhibit such blinding success.  I have to slow down.  I’ve come a long way, and I don’t need to see people who are so much farther ahead.

  • http://www.mattmcwilliams.com/ Matt McWilliams

    Missed this before Joe but it is totally true. I have this written in a document I read often. This particular quote is from Andy Andrews. It says it best to me:

    All men are driven by faith or fear – for both are the same.
    Both are expectations of events that haven’t come to pass or things that cannot
    be seen. A man of fear lives on the edge of insanity. A man of faith lives in
    perpetual reward. I have faith. I believe what I have not seen. The reward of my
    faith is to see what I believe. I am a man of faith.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

       Andy’s a wise, wise man. He knows the power of flipping the coin of thinking. Thanks for sharing that quote. How are you applying it to your life?

      • http://www.mattmcwilliams.com/ Matt McWilliams

        The realization (albeit obvious I somehow missed it for 33 years) that fear is an expectation of something that has not happened and might not was key.

        It showed me how foolish worry and fear are. Just remembering that dissipates worry and fear in my life. Fear takes time. I have more time to live in faith…to truly believe that great things are going to happen and act on them. And some amazing things have happened as a result.

        • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

           Awesome Matt!

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