Today’s post is actually inspired by what I posted on my Facebook page today:
“For most of my life I lived in the bondage of FEAR! I was afraid that I was not good enough, that someone was better, or that I would fail. WELL, I have been freed from the chains of fear! It doesn’t matter what anyone thinks or if I fall flat on my face. I am finally free to do the things that I want and am called to do!!!”
Technically, that was self-explanatory, but it’s not “Chris-like” to be short, sweet, and to the point! 😉
For as long as I can remember, I have second guessed myself. I can remember back to the 2nd grade when I was picked on during recess because I had to wear my church coat to school, in the 4th grade when I was laughed at after singing in the Veteran’s Day assembly because my voice had vibrato, or all through elementary school when I was joked because I was chubby. That began the cycle of thinking twice before I did or said anything. I even second guessed myself when it came to things that I knew I was good at doing! Throughout my teen years and even into my adulthood, my fear grew larger and got stronger. I graduated from simply being afraid to do, to being afraid to do and having an excuse for myself and others why I wouldn’t do. I had become an enabler for my fear. That’s what happens with fear; if you don’t dismiss it, it will grow and take over. Eventually, my fear handicapped and paralyzed me. For every good idea that I had, I could immediately think of several reasons why I shouldn’t execute the idea. I began to settle for doing what I had to do instead of pursuing what I wanted to do.
“I’m not good enough.”
“There are lots of people trying to do this same thing.”
“What if I fail?”
“Someone else is better at this than me.”
Do any of these things sound familiar? I repeated that to myself too often…often enough to talk myself out of what I wanted to do. For example: I love to sing and have been gifted to do so. It was laid on my heart to begin recording music. It was prophesied to me that God’s healing flows when I sing and I am to share that. It was again prophesied that my music ministry would help increase the ministry of my church. Despite all of the positives, all I could think of was the dozens of talented singers in my area, especially those that could sing better than me. I had decided that I would dedicate myself to helping others produce their CDs, and I would sing background for others, and IF the door opened for me then I would walk through it. That’s nice, but that’s not good enough!!! While in a women’s conference at my church last weekend, something CLICKED! I realized that NOTHING that anyone could say could really stop me from succeeding. The only person that could stand in my way was ME! And besides, why should I not try? Even if I failed, I would still be better off than I would be if I had not tried at all.
THE MORAL OF THE STORY:
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE AFRAID!!!
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”
2 Timothy 1:7 [New Living Translation]
YOU CAN DO ANYTHING!!!
“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13 [New Living Translation]
I have made the decision that I WILL accomplish the goals that I have set for myself, and I will complete the assignments that God has given me to do. You can do it too! FEAR IS NOT STRONGER THAN YOUR FAITH! Just believe that you can do “it” ________________ [fill in the blank], and YOU CAN DO IT…. No… WE CAN DO IT!!! 🙂