A no-fear life


About 30 years ago, a PC general and I talked about courage under fire. We talked about heroism in the field of combat, and how the bravery of soldiers have won respect and admiration for them. I asked: are you even afraid to be killed in the line of duty? He looked at me in the eyes and replied: “Even the most courageous feels fear. Courage is nothing but the ability to overcome fear.”
Indeed, many of us wonder how some could exhibit no fear when confronted by dangerous situations, especially to their own lives or that of their families. What that general told me is true — fear lies deep in each of us. The big difference is that those who achieve have learned how to bury that fear and confront challenges with confidence.
The most common perhaps is the fear of failure. And there’s the fear of rejection.
I’ve conquered those fears a long time ago. And I think that was the biggest reason I was able to become what I am. This was the reason I stood up to the evil giants in society and fight them.
Looking back at the last three and a half years, I often find it hard to believe I was able to survive, and then flourish.
If I had stopped to ponder upon the dangers I faced, I could have surrendered long ago, especially after the 2013 elections. With no work, I lived a life of economic uncertainty.
That experience reinforced my faith in God.
Each time I felt like it was going to be “game over”, money came to me from unexpected sources. I am convinced He was the one who sent the money so I don’t collapse.
We’ve heard it said countless times, especially during Sunday masses, but I will say it again: Never be afraid of the darkness, because the hand of God will always be there to guide us.
I will continue to live this no-fear life and commit to serving Him not in the religious way of praying a thousand rosaries, but by just fulfilling what it is that he wants us to do.

About Manuel "Boy" Mejorada
Manuel "Boy" Mejorada is a journalist and social media activist. A former Iloilo provincial administrator, he is now waging a crusade against corruption and narco-politics.

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