Today is the last day of October and I pray you have had success in making healthy habits this month. As I was reflecting over goals and accomplishments, preparing myself for November, I began to feel a sense of fear. This feeling was creepy and also familiar. For years, I was married to fear and I was quite faithful.
I would work toward ideas then slowly stop because I was afraid of the unknown. If people around me pointed out the potential of the idea being successful, fear would grab my hand and we would run away neglecting and often abandoning seeds and potential blessings. Fear was a comforter. Fear was clever and dependable. The problem with our relationship was that I would achieve only so much and yearn for much more. If I wanted to dream BIG fear would give doubts, excuses and exaggerations as to what could happen if I failed. Fear never encouraged me to achieve my goals nor gave insight on how to use resources properly. Fear isolated me from mentors, coaches and crippled me from sharing my vision or reaching out to obtain help. Fear also kept me distracted and didn't want me to streamline my focus. The relationship between fear and I was really abusive. Fear hindered me from stepping out on faith and trusting in God about the unknown. Fear didn't care about God's blueprint for my life nor respected what God desired of me. Last I checked, what God has for me is for me AND God isn't the author of confusion nor gives the spirit of fear. Fear had OVERSTEPPED and over-stayed.
As subtle as fear works, I had to be BOLD. With a mustard seed of faith, I stepped out to get my divorce. The challenges we face define our character and prepare us for the responsibilities ahead. We can be completely prepared if we allow ourselves to transform. God is faithful to work on us and by taking steps consistently we will see results. We don't have to make a BIG step, small ones will also keep us moving forward. The key is being consistent making those steps.
As you have noticed fear was a trick in my life. Fear fluffed the pillows on my comfy couch. Fear is still a temptation. A temptation, is all fear will be as I continue this journey. I work through the fear and each time I am strengthened. The more I work through fear, the more confident I become. I'm reminded of this true statement about fear. Fear is selfish.
I'm excited for November and I pray you are as well. We are going to continue to achieve goals no matter how loud fear yells for us not to move forward. Fear is a temptation yet living our Purpose Driven Life yields greater results.