When I grew up, I was fearless. There was nothing I wouldn’t say, do, or try. Just ask my family…and my principals. But as I have gotten older, I have realized fear places a bigger role in my life than I would like to admit.
I can understand why; I have a lot more responsibility. If I make a mistake it affects my family, ministry, finances, etc. But sometimes I just wish for the days when I didn’t have a care in the world.
I am sure I am not alone in this. As you grew up, you dreamed, had fun, always hoped for something great and rarely even acknowledged fear. But I bet if you analyzed it, just like me, you would see fear permeate your actions, from parenting, to your work environment, even the way you walk with God.
So what are we to do?
Growing up as a little brother insured one thing at my house. You were going to get beat up. Where I grew up, it is a rite of passage for every younger brother.
But rolling over and taking a beating without a fight was never a part of my DNA. I had to get even.
I had a two step formula for success.
- Hit him when he wasn’t looking.
- Run like crazy.
I think this strategy works for fear as well. God clearly doesn’t want us to live in fear. In fact, “Do not fear” is the most frequent command in the Bible.
Just like an older brother, fear walks around wanting to dominate us. To scare us from doing all God has called us to do.
Two simple steps to crush fear.
1. Start Moving
2. Keep Running
When fear begins to paralyze you, take it as a cue to go for it. Start moving by hitting it in the face and then run like crazy and don’t look back.
So, what fears do you feel in your life right now?
Do you have a dream that you have put on the back burner? It won’t be perfect, but start. Then don’t give up. Keep running; it may take months or years to see it realized.
Do you need to have a hard conversation with a friend? Pick up your phone and text them right now and ask them to lunch or coffee. Then keep running and have the conversation.
Are you scared to take a hard look at your finances and start paying off debt. Start. It will get hard, but keep running.
One Final Thing.
Fear does not exist in areas that don’t matter. The enemy only uses fear to keep you from doing what should be done.
Remember, you have the Holy Spirit of God inside of you. If you listen, he is always saying, “Do not be afraid”. If you start to feel a little fear, hit it as hard as you can, start running and never look back!