Do you remember the childhood story ‘The Sky Is Falling’? The tale of Chicken Little reminds me of the way that fear can spread among friends.

Chicken Little likes to walk in the woods. She likes to look at the trees. She likes to smell the flowers. She likes to listen to the birds singing.
One day while she is walking an acorn falls from a tree, and hits the top of her little head.
‘My, oh, my, the sky is falling. I must run and tell the lion about it’ says Chicken Little and begins to run.
She runs and runs. By and by she meets the hen.
‘Where are you going?’ asks the hen.
‘Oh, Henny Penny, the sky is falling and I am going to the lion to tell him about it.’
‘How do you know it?’ asks Henny Penny.
‘It hit me on the head, so I know it must be so’ says Chicken Little.
‘Let me go with you!’ says Henny Penny. ‘Run, run.’
So the two run and run until they meet Ducky Lucky.
‘The sky is falling’ says Henny Penny. ‘We are going to the lion to tell him about it.’
‘How do you know that?’ asks Ducky Lucky.
‘It hit Chicken Little on the head’ says Henny Penny.
‘May I come with you?’ asks Ducky Lucky.
‘Come’ says Henny Penny.
So all three of them run on and on until they meet Foxey Loxey.
‘Where are you going?’ asks Foxey Loxey.
‘The sky is falling and we are going to the lion to tell him about it’ says Ducky Lucky.
‘Do you know where he lives?’ asks the fox.
‘I don't’ says Chicken Little.
‘I don't’ says Henny Penny.
‘I don't’ says Ducky Lucky.
‘I do’ says Foxey Loxey. ‘Come with me and I can show you the way.’
He walks on and on until he comes to his den.
‘Come right in’ says Foxey Loxey.
They all go in, but they never, never come out again.[1]

All that crazy running and it led to their demise!  Have you ever felt as if that were happening in your life? Chicken Little spread a false assumption, but the prudent Foxey Loxey had lunch. With God’s help we do not need to live our life in a panicked state. We can learn to be prudent—that quality of possessing careful reasoning. Jesus said to his troubled disciples,

John 14:
27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

How can we learn to live a life centred in the peace that Jesus gives?