We come into the world fearless but the world teaches us to fear.
More often we are told “no, don’t do that!,” more than anything else.
We become afraid of the unknown and fearful of anything that seems dangerous and well, new.
Most of the time we are afraid of making the same mistakes, so we fail to ever try again because failure has gotten a control over us.
We build walls because we are afraid of getting hurt again.
We distance ourselves from anyone who has caused us pain, we just don’t want to hurt anymore.
Fear tears relationships apart, steals our peace, and kills our dreams. But that was never God’s plan for our lives.
More than anything else in the Bible, it commands us to “not be afraid,” and “fear not.”
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.- 2 Tim 1:7
We forget to acknowledge that even the ordinary people that take risks and accomplish extraordinary tasks, are people who have felt fearful before but have chosen not to walk in it. It’s ok to feel fear, but we must walk through it to get to the other side. We can’t live in it and let it torment us if we want to be joyful and peaceful. We must choose to walk in faith instead of fear. When fear knocks on the door of our hearts, we must reject it by walking in faith and not by sight.
Someone once told me that FEAR stands for False Evidence Appearing Real and that has stuck with me since then. It is so true that most of the time the things we worry and fear don’t end up happening anyway but it steals our joy and peace for the time being and our soul is at unrest for the most part.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
Fear does not mean you are a coward it just means that you need to be willing to feel fear and do the right thing anyway. The more you practice on walking in faith, the dimmer fear becomes and eventually it will lose it’s grip on you. Face your fears. If you run away from them, it will never leave you alone. Instead, confront it and put it to rest.
If you are honest with God, he will give you the strength to do it.