Fear is the whole of man.

“All has been heard; the end of the matter is: Fear God [revere and worship Him, knowing that He is] and keep His commandments, for this is the whole of man [the full, original purpose of his creation, the object of God’s providence, the root of character, the foundation of all happiness, the adjustment to all inharmonious circumstances and conditions under the sun] and the whole [duty] for every man.” -Ecclesiastes 12:13 AMP

Fear. A powerful word. Even more powerful when divorced from worry (and we must not worry–as Jesus tried to explain many times).

What does this kind of fear look like? The same fear you get on the top of Half Dome in Yosemite, or at the edge of a waterfall, or standing next to a tiger. It’s the fear of realizing things are not under your control; the fear that comes when you know, without a doubt, that this thing could utterly destroy you, and you would have absolutely no impact on it in return.

This doesn’t mean it has intent to destroy you. Half Dome and waterfalls aren’t even conscious. It’s only the recognition that, if things went wrong, you would be powerless.

Fear, therefore, is a kind of metanoia, a kind of repentance. Or at least a trigger for it.

And this is the whole of man: fearing God and keeping His commandments. It is experiencing reality. It is life as it was meant to be.