Fear! We ALL have fears. Fear of failure, fear of embarrassment, fear of the unknown, fear of injury, fear of being uncomfortable or unhappy. Fears hold us back so it’s only when we allow ourself to go afraid that we can actually go anywhere at all.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” – 2 Timothy 1:7
Fear is not something God wants us to live in. He wants us to move boldly ahead and trust Him on our journey. If you are letting fear hold you back from doing something healthy, better, good, helpful or right, you are actually in sin because you aren’t trusting Him to help you through it.
I have let fears hold me back so much over my lifetime. I will move boldly in any area I am strong in, but not when it comes to an area of weakness or the unknown. Then my tendency is to make excuses, procrastinate, watch from a distance or pretend I don’t even want “it”.
Even something as simple as taking an exercise class was something I didn’t do because I was afraid. I am a fitness professional, yet I was terrified of being put on the spot, failing or not being able to live up to what I thought people expected of me. 4 years ago, I made a decision to put my fears aside and just, like Joyce Meyer says “go afraid”. Feeling fear isn’t wrong, but not doing what you know you should do because of fear is what is wrong.
I have watched fear paralyze people and it has even paralyzed me, but no more!! I’m going to be the woman God desires me to be even if I have to do it with my knees knocking and fingers shaking! Who’s with me!?