A Most Paralyzing Fear

Arachnophobia.

Acrophobia.

Astraphobia.

Claustrophobia.

Monophobia.

Globophobia.

Thalassophobia.

Photophobia.

Okay, now let’s talk about YOUR worst fears.

One on one.

Right here, right now.

Maybe your worst fear falls into one of the above.

But I doubt it…

I am willing to bet your deepest fear is not one of the above, but rather something that does not have a -phobiat the end of it.

Perhaps it is fear of not measuring up.

Or maybe it is a fear of failing.

Fear of making a bad or wrong impression.

Fear of not being liked.

Fear of not being popular.

Fear of being hurt.

Fear of what the future may hold.

Fear of not being in control.

For me, I know my worst fear for a while was none of those…

For a stage of my life (which I am happy to announce is over), the moment someone would compliment me about something, tell me I did something well, tell me I succeeded, I would begin failing at it.

At first it was subconscious…

But then one day I was at a soccer practice and while I was messing up a particular exercise, one of my friends said something that will always stay with me for the rest of my life. My friend looked at me and yelled from halfway across the field (not embarrassing at all, but hey! we’re still friends), “Stop being so scared of doing well, and just do it!”

And I did. I buckled down, and I did it. Well.

It was then that I realized my fear wasn’t of failing.

I had a fear of success.

I found that sometimes it isn’t our fear of failure that drives us to fail.

Sometimes, we cannot see beyond the horizon, so we refuse to wander there.

Sometimes it is our fear of success that paralyzes us the most.

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I had refused to wander beyond the horizon.

I had refused to have courage.

And I learned that, until we decide to wander beyond the horizon, to seek the greater things that God has in store for us, we will remain paralyzed in our current condition of self-pity.

Our Heavenly Father commands us in Deuteronomy 31:6, “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

And again in Joshua 1:9, “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.”

And so I exhort you, my brothers and sisters in the Lord, to walk humbly with your God but walk faithfully and fearlessly for He is with you always.

Do not let your fears paralyze you, but let the fear of God motivate you.

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What fears do you struggle with?
How do you overcome your fears?

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