Sunday, January 25, 2009

#1 fear

"Life. Now." Chapter 1 - What If It Doesn't Work Out?
So the first obstacle to overcoming your dreams is fear. Fear can come in many shapes and sizes. We can have a fear of failing, fear of what others may think of us and a fear or change. By never venturing away from the comfortable, we can ensure that we'll never come up against failure. "We think it is better to not try and not fail than it is to fail when we do try." One of the things the authors point out is that going after our dreams doesn't mean we're not afraid but you're deciding to act in spite of that fear. "You learn not to give in to it [fear]. That knot you have in your stomach may very well always be there. You just need to learn to realize that God is bigger than that knot, and if He has called you to do something, He is going to take your hand and lead you all the way through it. Every time you think you can't do something, realize that you are right. You can't, but God can. Because of that you don't need to give in to fear."
Fear of what others may think is rather ironic because most often the biggest critics are the ones who are the most afraid. Because they won't go after their dreams, they want to make sure you don't either. "If you let other people control your dreams, they will essentially control you, making you as miserable and unhappy as they are."
By wallowing in the comfortable, we're allowing ourselves to fall into a rut and once in a rut, it can be a hard place to get out of. Most often we'll be unable to get out on our own and if we're not cautious, once out, we may wind up jumping right back in when things don't go exactly as planned.


  1. Great insight & great encouragement. When you find yourself in a rut, a natural reaction is to feel trapped - trapped in the here & now...trapped & not going any where in the future. It takes courage to get out of the comfortable & go to the unknown. WE have had the Lord tell us many times during transition: I'll bless you if you want to stay where you are & I'll bless if you want to go on to what you can become!! We opt to go on to what we can become!! Great post.

  2. I love that. I have struggled with asking God for "No fear."
    I'm sure He has laughed at me, several (OK fine! hundreds gosh) of times.
    Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear. ~Ambrose Redmoon
    Rather than prayer for there not to be fear, prayer for strength in the courage is so much more realistic.
    Who the heck are we to be sitting about fretting over our fears of our purposes & passions?!! Ya'll if you've got purposes and passions then there must be so much more to be doing than stalling..
    Hypocrite, thy name is carly.