I CANNOT OPERATE MY PARACHUTE IF I’M TOO AFRAID TO JUMP OUT OF THE PLANE.
Fear will keep you from living to your highest potential. I once read, “If you’re not living your dreams, you’re most likely living your fears.” Fear keeps us from doing, from going and from being all we were made to be. Seriously, how many times has it held us back? Fear of what they’ll say, of being wrong, of getting lost, of what they’ll think, fear of the unknown. Think about how many times we make decisions based out of fear. We put trust in our fears and become blindsided, unaware that fear is being disguised as “safe” and “comfortable”. Truth is, you are never safe living in fear. It’s a lie. A lie that warns not to trust. A lie that keeps you from loving wholeheartedly. A lie that says no one cares anyway so neither should you. Recognize the lying voice of fear next time you make a a decision based from it. I personally struggle with fear. It’s not the same type of fear as some, but it’s there. Fear is like a dark cloud that keeps you from seeing the light. It’s a convincing deceiver. A laughing clown, mocking you behind the scenes. It takes advantage of your shortcomings making you right in your own eyes. It justifies your wrong and gives you endless complaints and excuses for everything. Holding you back from what you feel is right. Like a muffled voice, whispering “You can’t do that. They won’t understand. It’s never going to work.” It’s a lie warning you not to trust.
IN ORDER FOR FEAR TO WORK, IT HAS TO BE ENTERTAINED. LIKE A TV, IT CAN BE TURNED ON OR OFF.
Some of us are comfortable in our fears. Let me just stay here or not say this or try that… What is it we are so afraid of? Rejection. Getting lost. Becoming something. Letting go. Not measuring up. Fear of not being loved. You see, if you know that you’re loved, it defeats the voice of fear. Love is fear’s greatest enemy. Knowing you’re loved changes everything. It brings security and stability. It changes the way you see yourself, others, and life…changing the way you make decisions. Love reveals truth and truth exposes lies making fear powerless. It’s all connected. If we put our trust in something “fear” based it will eat us alive. Real love always trusts. How then can we operate in love if we don’t trust but, instead entertain fear and embrace its lies? You see, if we are shown truth, it exposes the lies and uncovers the veil of fear bringing it to nothing. In a chase, the lion goes after the weak one in the herd and a horse can always sense if your’e afraid making it afraid as well. Notice the two things there, being weak and having a lack of confidence. A commander cannot give courage to his troops if he is lacking confidence and in fear, leads them into battle. Fear is what shuts down confidence and creates a vulnerable weakness. Know this, that it is love that closes the door to fear and trust that calls us to the unknown but never to ignorance.