I once heard our Conference Minister, Jim Antal, ask that question in one of our meetings. I did not think much about it at the time, but months later, that question has been still lingering in my mind, especially since I have so many ideas and projects I’d like to work on for our ministry but have been afraid to do so.
I have to admit that there is so much I have not accomplished because of fear. Yes, I have been afraid – afraid of failure, rejection and being seen as a joke… afraid of what people would think of me.
That fear clouded my vision and held me in bondage; slaved to remain in my comfort zone and not allowing me to see and experience what God has in store for me, my family and my church.
So, I decided to write down some of the things I would do or would dare to do if I were not afraid. The list is indeed long.
As I write it (yes, I’m still adding new ideas every day -some are really crazy, but sometimes crazy ideas can change the World), I feel different and get very excited about what the future could look like.
You see, I have noticed that when I let my fear take hold of my thoughts, I get discouraged, sad, stressed, very frustrated and worst of all, nothing gets done!
I have a note right next to my list of crazy ideas that says:
– we all fail
– we all make mistakes
– we are not perfect
– and we can never, ever, no matter how hard we try, please everybody
“Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.” Psalm 37:5 NLT
God has been working in my life in this area of fear. I still struggle with it, but I have witnessed and seen this verse become a reality. As I trust in Him, I have been, finally, doing all those things I was once afraid of. Some ideas have worked, others not so much, but I have learned from both.
Fear hinder us, but faith and trust in God open new doors and light up our path to a better future.