Life

Poisonous Points: Fearless

“When poisons become fashionable, they do not cease to kill.” C. S. Lewis

What poisons are you fashionably partaking in?

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As we press into the last half of the year (only 161 days left), I want each of us to take a second and reflect on our goals.

One of my goals for 2019 is not allowing fear to control my life. If the only reason I have to not try something is fueled by fear and not another legitimate concern (such as safety or time), then my “no” should really be a “yes.”

And that’s how I signed up to sing Karaoke at church during our New Year’s Eve service.

I enjoy singing, but I do not enjoy singing in front of other people.

But one of my friends signed up and kinda “persuaded” me that it was a good idea. Well, not exactly.

As we discussed all the reasons why I couldn’t sing in front of our church, my numerous answers had a repetitive theme: I was scared. Scared to sing in front of others and very unwilling to allow myself to be vulnerably displayed as a pitiful crow croaking before others.

Fear nearly forbade me to sing; and fear almost kept me from following through.

But fear didn’t get a total victory that night.

I did sing. Pathetically.

But sometimes we brush opportunities by telling ourselves, “Nah, I’ll try that later.”

“Well, if they aren’t gonna do it, then I definitely don’t need to bother with it.”

“I can’t do that anyway–why bother?”

What opportunities are you passing up by allowing fear to keep control?

You’re not called to an average life as a child of God: you’re called to a higher purpose, and that purpose is not bound by fear.

So don’t try justifying past failures in reaching your full potential because you were too afraid this time to take a chance.

I’m speaking to myself as much as I am to you.

My life verse is a constant reminder that God has not given me life to merely be a survivor; he wants me to be a succeeder!

“For God hath not given us (me) the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

-2 Timothy 1:7

What are you telling yourself you can’t do?

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Challenge: As you continue your routine this week, listen to your responses. Are you saying you can’t do something? Pinpoint the motivation behind your decisions. If your thoughts are fueled by fear, then give your fears to God. Tell Him You need His help to live free from your fears. Choose to be a succeeder!

Prayer: Dear Father, thank you for promising to never leave or forsake me. Help me to remember in my moments of fear that You have equipped me to be a winner. Help me to daily lay all my fears and doubts before You. Thank You for also equipping me to succeed through Your Word, Your Presence, and Your strength. Use me today as Your sunshine, In Jesus Name, Amen.

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