I don’t know about you but the picture above makes my palms sweaty just thinking about crossing it. I love going on roller coasters, but crossing something on a high unsteady height makes my stomach feel funny and the hair on my arms stand up.
Fear can impact us many ways in our lives. When we let it grip us it can keep us from having hope in the future or from living in the present. It can cause us to freeze as we stand still as life around us keeps moving.
For me this happened a couple of different ways recently. One of my fears is never being good enough no matter how hard I try. I felt this recently as my wife and I have a newborn and a 3 1/2 year old at home and it can be overwhelming to say the least.
I also felt this recently as I prepare for my District Committee On Ministry interview on September 1st for commissioning. While I passed my DCOM interview last year and I have made lots of good improvements to my paperwork I wonder, “Will I mess things up? Will I ever get ordained?”
Fear can cause us to remain motionless as worry and doubt consume us. Yet, when we let this happen it hinders us from being all God has called us to be and do all that God has called us to do.
What fears are you letting grip you? How is that impacting your life? What would happen if you had faith instead?