2 Timothy 1:7 says that God gave us a spirit not of fear, but of power, love, and self-control. Many times parenting is scary, especially for new parents that aren’t totally sure of what they are doing. No parent wants to hurt or crush their child. However, when we live our lives in fear instead of walking in God’s freedom, we do exactly that--we crush those around us. We set up little gods or idols for ourselves that cannot handle the weight of godhood; they cannot bring lasting satisfaction or real salvation.