Our second devotion at the 2014 National High School Finals Rodeo came from PRCA bullfighter Judd Napier. Judd spent some time discussing the fear the he sees in some kids as they are learning how to ride bulls...especially if they are on stronger stock than they are ready for. Judd said that his reminder for those kids (and for us as well) is that the Bible tells us some variation of "do not fear" 365 times. We literally have a verse for every day of the year where the Lord reminds us that we should not fear.
That is exactly what my NHSFR ministry partner, Tilt James, and I pray at each performance with the contestants behind the chutes. We remind the kids of 2 Timothy 1:7, " For God did not give us a Spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control." While that verse comes in the context of our testimony for Christ...it certainly has bearing on our understanding of fear and trust in the Lord.