What About Bob is one of my favorite movies of all time. It’s the story of Bob (Bill Murray), a man who is almost paralized by fear and his therapist Dr. Leo Marvin (Richard Dreyfuss). Bob is referred to Dr. Marvin because he has driven every other therapist insane and gets continuously passed on to the next unsuspecting victim. What truly makes this comedy histarical is Bob’s ridiculous manner and Dr. Marvin’s inability to maintain his patience. I get such a kick out of watching people get upset.
If you think about it, in most comedies the setup is almost always the same. You take a well mannered, put together charachter and throw an imbalanced exact opposite mess of a person into their life. The story unfolds as two people who would never do life together have to survive their situation without losing it.
To me, this is how life works. We are well mannered put together people who are trying to do life the best we can. Then, we get thrown into situations that are just downright ridiculous and have to survive them, we have to endure. This is how one of the most paralizing attacks on who we are as people come into play. Fear. Fear is the unneccessary catalyst that can really make this life a pain.
Think on this verse. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
So, in one camp we have fear which can entail so many things. Losing your job, tight finances, issues with relationships, etc. And in the other camp we have power (the ability to overcome, make decisions, endure and rise up with courage) Love (The ability to care, hope, sustain, have faith, patience, give, serve and lay down our lives) and a sound mind (the ability to abstain/be free from worry, anxiety, doubt, unbelief, have pure thoughts, and hear God’s direction/leading)
Now let’s really think about this. If you have love but not power or a sound mind you are out of balance. Think about Bob from the movie. He was very kind and loving to people. He had power, the ability to drive Dr. Marvin nuts. But he didn’t have a sound mind. Frankly, his mind was out of control. He was out of balance and therefore, constantly in fear.
Take Dr. Marvin. He had power in every situation to tell Bob what he thought and act accordingly. He also had a sound mind, the ability to see things clearly and make good decisions. But where Dr. Marvin needed balance was love. He wasn’t patient with Bob to truly see that this man just needed to be accepted and embraced as an equal. Therefore Dr. Marvin was out of balance and constantly in fear.
You will get attacked with fear and insecurity time and again when you are operating out of balance. That’s why you’re afraid.
Listen, faith is believing in what you cannot see. That’s why we call it faith! If you are out of balance with power, love or a sound mind you will be in fear and never have faith. So the real question is: ok I am out of balance with too much or too little power, love or a sound mind… What do I do?
First things first.. Recognize the problem. That’s half the battle. Once you identify the issue (which shouldn’t be hard) ask yourself am I operating in balance between power, love and a sound mind? If you are lacking in one of those areas, pray.
Look at this verse: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. -Phillipians 4:6
Begin to thank God for all He has done for you and will do. Thank Him for what you need. If you need more love, then thank Him for it. God is able to fulfill all your needs according to His riches and glory.
You are an overcomer. Fear and worry absolutely do not need to have any authority in your life.
The best is yet to come,