If you are as old as I am you may associate four letter words with the phrase, ‘wash your mouth out with soap.’  Our parents taught us that ‘four letter words’ were words that were obscene or offensive and we shouldn’t have them in our vocabulary. You can certainly think of many of these words, but would you include fear in that group of ‘four letter words?’  Think about it…what if we banned the word ‘fear’ from our vocabularies.  Now, there are definately things (and people?) that we should have a healthy fear for, but there are also things that we fear that perhaps we shouldn’t because this kind of fear does not produce fruit, especially when Jesus told us, “Fear is useless, what is needed is trust.” To live our days with the ‘what if’ mentality only leads to anxiety and suffering and…more fear.  It is very difficult to let go of fear because sometimes we feel that if we let go of the fear, we are letting go of the control.  But, guess what?  We didn’t have the control to begin with.  So, let’s try putting fear in that four-letter-word category.  Let’s try to get rid of fear (unhealthy, crippling fear) from our vocabularies.  Let’s trust, let’s let go, let’s surrender, let’s allow God to work his miracles.  “Fear is useless, what is needed is trust.”  Trust brought life back to a child, trust will bring life to us.