The Fear Factor

Day 4 of 4 • This day’s reading


Is fear of getting hurt holding you back from your dreams and your purpose?

You think, “I might get hurt – maybe emotionally, perhaps financially.” Yes, you might. But you might not. Do the benefits outweigh the risks? Would you rather sit immobile, watching others play the game, wishing it was you and wondering what might have been? If you have set goals and dreams that are worthy of pursuing, you will not reach them without some bumps and bruises. Somewhere along the way, you will be hurt. You will be knocked off your feet, and you will feel real pain. But that does not give you a reason to quit. Instead, it gives you a reason to move on and to move through the trial. 

You have talent, you are created in the image of God, and you have vast potential. Don’t ever set aside your ideas and dreams saying, “I can’t do it. I’m afraid. What if….” 

C. Joybell, the Scottish journalist and author said, “Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.”

Something is indeed worth it. If it’s in your heart and it won’t go away and you can’t find satisfaction until you do something about it, then that dream within your heart is God’s destiny for your life. Don’t expect its achievement to be easy. Rather, expect the battle for that worthy prize to be difficult and lengthy. Expect opposition.  Expect criticism. But don’t let that deter you, discourage you or daunt you. Go for it. Do something about that business opportunity that’s in front of you. Pursue that college degree if it will help you get where you want to go. Write that book you’ve always wanted to write. Record that song. Launch that business. Quit talking about it, quit worrying about it, quit thinking about it, and just do it. The world rewards action, not thought. So, adjust your mindset, set your fears aside, and take action!