By Mark Edgemon

Randy Paniker slept a lot. He complained that he was tired, but really he was afraid...of everything!

He would make excuses why he drank to the point that he couldn't keep his eyes open. Over the years, he refused to face his fears and they continued to mount until even the little things caused him to shake inside.

One day, he just couldn't get out of bed to get ready for work. He called in with a convincing excuse, which bought him the day, so that he could stay in bed. He was relieved that the pressure was off and enjoyed staying in, watching television and drinking.

Later that night, he began to fear about dealing with the problems of the next day. The next morning he called in again. His employer was weary of his excuses, but gave him the day off. This time Randy was not relieved...he was ashamed. He spent the whole day thinking up excuses for the next day's call. A few days later, his boss let him go.

Without a job, his frantic state became worse, until every little thing frightened him, including the wanderings of the neighbor's cat.

He moved in with his aging parents and worried about the day when he would have to figure out, how to avoid facing the time in his life, when there would be no one to prop him up.

Moral: Processing one's fears by accepting the Truth, will give one the confidence to meet each days new fears as they come. Because they will come!

Copyright 2008 Mark Edgemon

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