I am learning to live courageous and push pass my fears. There have been many things I have forfeited, because I was too afraid to step out “there” and just do them. Its not so much the action of doing them that bothers me, but all the what ifs that flood my thoughts, after coming you with a brilliant-to-me idea.
Unfortunately, fear has interfered with goals that have been sitting on the back burner for years.
Every New Years day, after dinner, my family and I have a tradition of setting collective and individual goals. We go around the table and share the goals we want to accomplish for the year.
This year I blurted out ” I want to run a 5k.” As quick as I said it, I got scared and crossed it out. By the end of our session, my family chuckled since I was the only one whose list had been scribbled out several times. Needless to say, my list was apprehensively completed the next day.
However, I did keep the 5k goal. I signed up for a race that Spring. Before making the commitment, I gave my husband every excuse of why I should not sign-up for the race. He saw that I was afraid and encouraged me to sign up anyway and so I did, yikes!
I trained for 7 weeks and ran my first race on a frigid early Saturday morning, it was a life changing experience. As Crystal Paine from Money Saving Mom so eloquently says, ” I punched fear in the face!” that day, and it felt great!
What can we do to overcome fear?
Believe what is true. The lies we tell ourselves are what keeps us from confronting the fear in our lives. We can defeat those lies by relying on God’s word and moving forward even when we are afraid.
Throughout the race I reminded myself of 1 Corinthians 9:24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. I repeated the latter part of the verse to myself every time I wanted to stop running or when it seemed too hard to finish race. And you know what? It worked!
If we are not careful, fear can paralyze us from doing the wonderful things God has created you and I to do.
Here are a few scriptures to meditate on when dealing with fear:
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” 1 Joshua 1:19 (ESV)
for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7
fear not, for I am with you be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Everyone struggles with fear at some point in their lives. What you choose to do with it, is what matters.
Today, let’s decide to counter our fear with God’s truth and take the steps towards conquering that which scares us.
What would you do today if you were fearless? Go for it!