Seventeen years ago, I went to a Christian women’s retreat that changed my life. The man who sponsored me asked for family and friends to write encouraging letters.
My sister wrote me a letter that was touching, but then she wrote something that horrified me:
“You aren’t afraid of anything.”
When I got home from the retreat, I was determined to correct her error.
I said, “Honey, I am scared all the time! But I just decided that I’m not going to let fear stop me.”
Just 3 words make all the difference.
If I wanted to do something and was scared, I decided to “Do it afraid.”
Wouldn’t it be terrible to reach the end of your life and realize how much you missed out on – all because you allowed fear to stop you?
Consider how fear manifests – sweaty palms, shallow breathing, fast heart rate, dry mouth, maybe some throat tightness.
While these physical symptoms are uncomfortable, they won’t kill you.
But let’s say that the physical symptoms of fear really do kill you. If I am wrong, then all that means is you’ll be absent from the body but present with the Lord!
You win either way.
Those physical symptoms can only stop you if you allow them. That is your decision. The good news is that you can always make a different decision.
Decide to “Do it afraid.”
Peek around the corner. Look under the bed.
Confront your fears.
Remember this: You never face them alone!
In Joshua 1:9 God says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
In the Comments, share a time when you faced a fear and came out on the other side victorious or learned something new.
Be blessed with health, healing, and wholeness,
Creator of the Take Back Your Temple program
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