Watch Your Fear Fall Away!
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”
~ Apostle Paul|2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)
It seems that there is a group of thrill seekers who search for the scariest experience they can imagine, prepare themselves and then go for it. I’m not talking about your run of the mill rock climbing or cliff diving adventure. These people are over the top. Imagine scuba diving in frigid waters through dark, frozen, twisted passageways, or ever scarier. For me, who is petrified to be near the edge of a cliff, these things are not even in my vocabulary!
Well, a reporter decided to join this group to report on her experience as she prepared for and proceeded to do something that scared every part of her to the bone. There was no question that as she approached her adventure, she experienced all of the possibilities that fear presented. In the end, she persevered, walking (figuratively) straight into her fear. Guess what… she felt no fear! She was so focused on what she was doing that all her fear fell away. Afterwards, she wondered why she was so afraid beforehand. Her bottom line?
Prepare well, then head straight into your fear while keeping your eyes steadfastly focused on the goal… Live a life of no regret.
Thrill seeker or not, each of us faces the challenge presented by the adventure God calls us to. But nowadays, fear (the great immobilizer), appears to be gaining the advantage. Fear stalks us to keep us hidden, ineffective. The media seems to be the go-to tool to fan the flames that hold us hostage. For the fearful, the appetite for more evidence and assurance is insatiable. Their minds readily visualize the “what ifs?” and they won’t move unless all seems rock solid “safe.” Yet, like an undiagnosed cancer, they fail to see the silent destruction that playing it safe it is waging within. Later, when reflecting on their lives, they discover the fruit of seeking “safe” – cancerous regret. The fact is there are things to fear on both ends: The risk associated with adventure or the regret of playing it safe. There is no “safe” and no room for compromise.
We must choose to fear either adventure or regret.
Of course, our typical battle is not the matter of life and death a thrill seeker faces, it’s more a matter of uncomfortable vs. comfortable. While we do a good job imagining the displeasure of “uncomfortable”, we totally underestimate the price of regret that comes along with “comfortable”. You see, in the midst of adventure, which can be “uncomfortable”, you need God! You seek him and he is there with you, for you. When living out “comfortable”, we don’t need God so much; we hold him off in the distance. What’s the regret of seeking safe and comfort? Not really knowing God, not seeing him work, and missing out on the rewards he provides in Heaven. In our lopsided thinking we give little thought to the regret of not doing.
I remember hearing a man tell a story about staying at a mountain resort with his family when he was a child. His dad said, “Let’s hike to the top of that mountain today!” While his brother was all in, this young boy opted to stay back at the cabin. He wondered how his father and brother were doing as they were gone all day. Just before dark, they arrived with huge grins across their faces as they told exciting stories about their adventure. This man is still haunted by the regret of not going with his dad that day. His choice seemed safe, but it ended in regret.
What will it take for you to give full weight to the consequences of regret… of not going on your adventure with your eternal father?
“These things [fears] dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.
Luke 12:30-31 ~Jesus Christ|(NLT)
Jesus stated that fears dominate the thoughts of unbelievers. Likewise, the corollary of Apostle Paul’s advice to Timothy might be, “An unbeliever’s spirit is full of timidity and fear, lacking power, love and self-discipline.” What thoughts should dominate the thoughts of believers? …Of an exciting, but challenging adventure, laboring side by side with the Lord; thoughts of what’s to come. God wants this so badly for you! So much so that he has given you just what you need for the adventure in front of you.
Power, love and self-discipline are gifts from God. Just what you need to support your adventure!
What is to be said of the believer who never unwraps these gifts God has given them? O the regret! On the other hand, embracing adventure opens you to use the gifts and they really are just what you need. God has thought of everything! Yes, the Adventure God Made You For will appear scary at times, but just like the reporter discovered, when you use self-discipline to prepare, tap God’s power to head straight into what you fear, remain steadfastly focused on loving the Lord as you serve those he loves so much, you will be quite surprised by what happens…
Watch your fear fall away.
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