I hate being afraid, but it seems like I have spent a lot of my life being afraid.
When I graduated from high school, I really wanted to go to college right away, but I was injured. When I was finally able to start, it was at a local community college and I quit after 1 day because I was afraid. It took me three years to decide to go back and try again.
When I was in school, I loved to dance. I would get most of my chores done by turning on music and dancing and singing while I was cleaning, but when it came to junior high and high school dances, I never went. Why? Because I was afraid.
When I started the 7th grade, I was given the opportunity to join the volleyball team. I didn’t do it. I was afraid.
I even found myself gaining weight because I was afraid and wanted to hide. (There is a big story behind that.)
As an adult I became a little bit braver, I would try new things and interact with people, but if invited to a party I wouldn’t go because I was afraid.
Afraid of being rejected
Afraid of failing
Afraid of succeeding
Afraid of whatever!?
I was afraid.
I’m tired of being afraid, but even now I find myself holding back and not taking risks because of fear.
I like being safe. I like being secure, and I like knowing the outcome.
But life isn’t about being safe. It isn’t about hiding in a hole and just surviving. We don’t live in a safe world.
Following Christ isn’t about being safe.
Life is about faith.
It is about stepping out in faith and taking risks.
It is about following the Lord’s leading even if it takes you into seemingly unsafe places because if it is His will, He will keep you safe. He will protect you.
He will empower you and encourage you to take those steps of faith if you let Him.
Most of the “what-ifs” and imaginings that keep us from taking those steps of faith never happen.
Nothing can happen to you that is outside of His will, and He promises that all things will work together for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28) and that He has plans to give us a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).
If I believe that nothing is outside of His control, then whom shall I fear? Why should I be afraid?
Fear is the opposite of faith. When I am afraid to take the next step, I am saying to the Lord that I don’t believe that He will protect me. I am calling Him a liar, and I am being weak. I’m letting Satan win.
But if I let go of the fear and I let God empower, I’m no longer working under my own strength and I have nothing to fear. When that happens, we frequently see miracles occur. They might not all be big miracles like the blind seeing or the lame walking, but they will be miracles just the same.
Let go of fear and let God empower you then sit back and watch miracles happen.