Are You Living in Fear?

Is anything holding you back?  Do you have fears that have kept you from realizing your full potential?  Let’s examine how we can address those fears and live intentionally with purpose and fulfillment.

img_0931Believe it or not, one of our dogs, Sam, has helped me think about the subject of fear and how it might be debilitating my life.  Sam is 17 years old and has severe arthritis in his hips.  Even in his best years, no one would have described him as intelligent, and he is far from his best years now!  (In his defense, he has been a very loyal and loving dog, just not very bright.)  The main floor of our house has wood floors, which are slippery for poor Sam to walk on.  He spends most of his days sleeping on the rug in the living room.  The only problem comes when he wakes up (or, better yet, we wake him up) to go outside.  In order to get to the back door, Sam must cross a 5 foot section of wood floor before he comes to the next rug.  He acts as though this 5 foot section of wood is a 100 foot moat, filled with crocodiles and piranha. He will put 2 toes onto the wood, stare at it, pull his toes back and usually lie back down instead of crossing the moat.  When he does build up enough courage to cross the moat, he panics and runs across on his toenails.  What he doesn’t realize is that his panicked response of ice skating on his toenails is much more unsteady than slowly walking across.  Because he is acting out of fear, he makes his life much more complicated than it needs to be.

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but the ability to act in the presence of fear.” (Bruce Lee)

It is easy to watch the dog and see how silly the situation really is, but what fears do we live with on a daily basis that we react to in just the same way?  Studies show us that 85% of our fears never actually happen.  But if we live as though our fears are real, we will have a panicked response that prevents us from achieving our goals and living in a fulfilled manner.  I don’t like to admit my irrational fears and I’m guessing that you don’t either.  But if we take the time to admit them, examine them and act without emotion, our lives would be much richer.  God even addresses this in Joshua 1:9, when the Israelites are ready to enter the Promised Land.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

 Joshua had real dangers, but God told him not to let his fear have control over him.  The same is true for us.  Whatever our fears are, real or imagined, we will never experience all that God has for us if we don’t move beyond those fears.

What fears are holding you back?  How can you address those fears and live with courage today?  Please follow my blog, share this on Facebook and send to to someone you know who can benefit from this today.  Let’s live with victory today!

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