Let’s switch gears and talk about pushing through the fear. Why are people always saying things like “Do it afraid” or “Courage is feeling the fear and doing it anyway?” There are thousands of quotes about facing your fear. Did you ever stop and think about that? I am follower of Jesus and I believe the Bible to be the inerrant Word of God. Depending on where you sit with your beliefs, this may or may not make sense to you. But there is a lot in the Bible about fear and doubt and what to do with it as well. What it boils down to is that fear is used to keep us from fulfilling our purpose. Here is a quote that kinda sums it up.
“Fear is the enemy of your destiny.” Christine Caine
Unchallenged fear can keep you from doing anything and everything you were called to do. You were called to a purpose that has eternal implications and impact. It is important beyond just you living a fulfilled life, which is extremely important and what your Creator intended for you. Your calling has an impact on others, whose lives you influence through your behavior and actions, either good or bad. You can also choose not to act. This is where fear comes in. If you let fear stop you from stepping out and doing something you are supposed to do, you may just be changing the course of someone else’s life. No pressure, right? Before we get too far down that rabbit hole with Alice in Wonderland, rest assured, God’s will is accomplished but you miss out on the blessing and fulfillment of being part of it.
So what do we do about it? Action conquers fear. Take action, be it ever so small and you will feel the fear begin to decrease. The more action, the less fear gets in your way. If you are paralyzed in fear which is also cleverly disguised as overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, then just pick something. Anything. And do it. Clean one window. Write one paragraph. Check one item off your to-do list. Then pay attention to the internal shift from fear to ahh yes, I can do this. Now keep it going and feel the momentum pick up. Pretty soon you can’t imagine what in the world had you so stuck. Keep this in mind for the next time, because fear comes back. If you believe that each of has a God-given purpose then you know fear is the go-to tactic for keeping us from that unique sense of fulfillment that comes with living into our destiny.
Take Action: Pick something and do it!