Have you ever let fear win?
Tonight I caught a case of writer’s block. At least that’s what I thought at first, until I realized I was just afraid.
The first step to beating your fears, is to acknowledge them.
I was afraid of you.
I was afraid because every time I write, or speak I become vulnerable to your critique. Now I’m sure you would never behave ugly or say rude things, but imagine for a second you know the person who would. Aren’t they scary?
For a second I could hear them snickering, “Oh yeah, she is changing the world one run-on sentence at a time”, and then laughing in a high-pitched voice. (High-pitched voices sound much more sinister in my mind).
Fear wins when we walk away.
I put my pen down, and decided I would never write another word. I let fear win.
I decided to stop writing and something interesting happened; the fear went away. The mocking stopped. The voices were silent. But instead of feeling peace, all I felt was defeat.
So, I did what most defeated women do, I ate a half a bag of Halloween candy that I swore I’d never touch. Incidentally, that did not help… and…now I have to buy more candy or endure the wrath of my 4-year-old. Despite my stomach revolting against me, I was still able to gain some much-needed perspective, “I’d rather fight fear that comes from steps of faith, than live in defeat from letting fear win.”
We don’t have to live in defeat.
Still feeling defeated (look, it takes more than cheap candy and an epiphany, those things just help steer me in the right direction), I picked up my pen and started to journal a prayer. I took comfort in the words of a “weeping prophet” who said, it was good to wait quietly for the Lord’s salvation (Lam 3:26). So I waited, and then it came. Yet another reminder, that we have the power to change the world.
“If God is for us, who can be against us… we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” Rom:8:31,37
Challenge your fears with Truth.
Steps of faith are sometimes scary and often met with opposition, even if it’s just voices in your head. Learn to silence them with truth. God is for you! More than a conqueror speaks of victory through oppositions, not just over them.
Christianity is about faith, not fear.
Don’t let fear win.
What is one fear that you have that keeps you from taking a step of faith. Are you willing to acknowledge it and let God give you victory over it?
How can I pray for you this week as you go out and change the world?