It’s no secret I’m crazy over my husband, but you may not know that one of my very favorite things about our relationship is that we’re better together… a dynamic duo, if you will. When I look back on the past 24 years we’ve known each other, some of the greatest and scariest moments in our life have been one in the same… and I absolutely love taking risks for God with that man by my side.
I wish I could say that I’ve always been strong and brave and completely trusting of God’s timing and provision throughout our most difficult moments… but I haven’t. There have been moments when fear has crept into the deepest parts of my heart and taken my thoughts captive in such a way I could feel myself hesitate… start to worry… begin to doubt… and slowly loose hope.
Fear and I have wrestled too many times to count, and every time, I know when fear has been at it’s strongest… it’s because I was at my weakest. The truth is, fear will suck the life right out of you… literally. To be strong (at your best emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually), you’ve gotta be fearless… and in order to be fearless, you must fear LESS because whenever there is MORE fear in your life, there will always be…
- less hope
- less joy
- less contentment
- less risk
- less thrill
- less benefit
- less courage
- less freedom
- less generosity
- and less trust in God.
Fear will stop you in your tracks and prevent any forward movement. It will control your mind, rule your emotions, destroy your beliefs, and determine your actions. Fear is a clutter that ruins your heart, mind, and soul and turns you into someone you were never meant to be. It convinces you that you can’t… you shouldn’t… and that you’re better off if you don’t. It feeds off all the “what if’s” you can muster and grows EVERY TIME you refuse to try.
TAKING DOWN FEAR
You may not always be able to control your situation, but you can always decide how you will respond. I can tell you that NEVER ONCE did Mike and I benefit from choosing to spend our time in fear… and NEVER ONCE did we accomplish something amazing because of it.
Only you can decide if you’re gonna be ruled by fear, or if you’re gonna be different than every other normal person in the world letting fear set the course to their life.
- Normal people don’t face their fears…
- Normal people don’t break the rules…
- Normal people don’t inspire people…
- Normal people don’t change the world…
- Normal people don’t stand out…
- Normal people don’t take chances…
Normal people don’t give more… feel more… dream more… do more… or become more than they ever thought possible because normal people are too fearFULL. The truth is… normal people die with all sorts of regrets.
We weren’t created to be “normal”. We’re not supposed to blend in… we were made to stand out and live FEARLESS lives, unencumbered by the baggage of this world. Fear only makes us less… makes us weak… and turns us mean. God didn’t give us a spirit of fear… instead, we CHOOSE it and allow it to saturate our life and live paralyzed from it.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. ~Mark Twain
Are you living your life in a way that is worth telling stories about? If you want to live a life that stands out and makes a difference… fear can have no place in your life. It really boils down to two choices… will you fear MORE, or fear LESS?
FEAR LESS WARRIORS
Fear sucks the life out of you… and all hope, and where there’s no hope, there is only death. Hope and fear cannot co-exist, so in order to be fearLESS, you need to become hopeFULL…
- hopeFULL that things will turn around…
- hopeFULL that something good will come out of this…
- hopeFULL that better days are ahead…
- hopeFULL that someone wants to help…
- hopeFULL that “God’s got this” despite what others might say…
We are all meant to shine… and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. ~Marianne Williamson
Who are you NOT to be fearless? God can take the most unlikely, unsure, insecure, and fearful people, and do the most unimaginable, crazy, amazing, and impossible things… and maybe this part of your story is more about what GOD CAN do than what YOU CAN’T.
Choose to fear LESS and stand out in a world full of normal people too afraid to take a risk. Don’t allow your fears to hold you back another day… it’s time to shine!
What areas of your life do YOU need to fear LESS? Where has fear put shackles around our feet… a noose around our neck… or a cloud above our head? Where have you been hesitating, worrying, doubting, or giving up hope?
Grab a piece of paper and write down every fear that has been controlling your thoughts, feelings, and beliefs and holding you back from living a good kinda crazy life that stands out, takes a risk, and impacts the world long after you’ve left it! Writing them down will help you not only see them for what they are, but also remind you that your FIGHT is worth it!
Maybe it’s time to try something new… quit settling for normal and start being “weird”… maybe it’s time to take the risk and start doing some things that are worth talking about and remembering. Mark your calendar and set a reminder for the fourth Friday in September… Brave Day and encourage someone else to fear LESS and live more too!
IF YOU’RE A WIFE…
What’s Your Husband’s Fear Factor? This week, take some time to sit down and talk with your husband about what he’s afraid of. Listen with your heart, and begin encouraging him more so he will become the man God created him to be (because God doesn’t want any of us to live in fear). Spend some time dreaming big dreams and talking about some risks God might want you to do together and make a plan to start executing the big and small risks right away!
IF YOU’RE A MOM…
If you want to raise children who are willing to take big risks for God… then they need to see YOU living it out. Encourage your kids to become all God created them be and be willing to follow and do whatever He asks… but at the end of the day, remember they are watching you to see if you really believe it. Begin a new tradition in your home and as you say good-night to your kids, be sure to say something that reminds them they are fearless!
- “You are destined for greatness!”
- “You’re a world changer!”
- “You’re God’s fearless warrior!”
- “I will always believe in you!”
- “There’s nothing you can’t do with God on your side!”
- “One day, people will tell stories about you and your faith!”