I think most of us over a certain age remember the famous Franklin D. Roosevelt quote, "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Well, let me tell you, I can most definitely relate to that quote. I lived in fear for many years of my life. Primarily, fear of the unknown more than anything. So for many years I didn't act on my goals or what lived in my heart or take chances. I wasted a lot of time being afraid of absolutely nothing. In fact sometimes I still deal with a little of that today. It's nowhere close to what it was before, but I have to be careful, because sometimes it can take me longer to step out and do things. Sometimes I'm still a little concerned about the negative that could happen. If I'm not careful that old 'what will they say?' may pop up or 'will I gain support or lose support?' As a result I'm sometimes initially hesitant of making bold steps, but I step out anyway. I step out despite that fear. Some of what I feel is a natural human emotion that we all deal with from time to time, it doesn't matter how accomplished we are. I admit that freely, yet I do step out and that's what God wants us to do. He wants us to help others with the things we've gone through. Each one of us can help somebody. I'm serious about helping people with their confidence and faith, because I know how much it held me back and I don't want that to happen with anybody else. A scripture that helps me is 2 Timothy 1:7, which says, "for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control." Fear doesn't come from God.
What I'm trying to convey in this blog post is that there's really nothing to fear as long as Christ lives in us. And when we're dealing with something that causes those emotions to come up, it's another reminder of how much we need God in our lives to help us. If any of you fears anything, consult with God and ask Him to help you in that area. It's time to stop letting fear overcome us and step out.
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