There are things we all dream of achieving in life; things we hope and pray we might one day accomplish. And why not? I think God has uniquely designed each of us to do great things; to make a difference in the world. I believe we can use the imagination and creativity we’ve been given to come up with some amazingly wonderful ideas for making the world a better place. But all this “making a difference” brings with it the guarantee that obstacles will be faced. And probably the greatest of all of these obstacles is fear: fear of failure and even fear of success.
In the pursuit of accomplishing a dream, fear becomes the giant in our promised land – the Goliath that has caused so many to retreat and tell others to do the same. At first, it seems like there is no way around it. We are initially paralyzed by what appears to be an inextinguishable enemy, but fear has to be faced. How? You must be willing to stand firm, boldly go, and take a giant leap of faith. I know it sounds cliche, but the sound of it doesn’t change the truth of it. The only way to get past fear is to face it head on and push it out of your way. You’ve got to choose to be bold. Take your slingshot and aim high, because fear is rarely what it appears to be. Though it seems all powerful, fear has a weakness and that is the faith that it sees in you! Fear then becomes the challenge you need to help you make the choice between conquering or quitting. Pushing past fear brings you to the realization that, in fact, you are made for greatness. So, go! Press fearlessly in to what God has given you to do. Press in and seize your dreams. God will meet you at your first step of faith, and lead you past fear into your promised land.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”