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Fear is kind of a funny thing. It is not tangible. You can not hold it in your hands. Neither can you look at it like as if it were a picture. And yet when I think about my fears I feel its presence as if it were standing before my very eyes. My palms can sweat. My stomach will turn and sometimes I even become frozen with an inability to move forward.

Does any of that sound familiar to you?  Have you ever let fear get the better of you?  I have to admit that there are times I have.

When I was in high school I really wanted to run for student body office. I wanted to be involved and have a say with how things were done. And yet I was so scared to give a speech in front of the whole freshman class, I backed out. And I still regret it. I let fear take over.

In a way I am actually grateful for that experience. In the wisdom that time can grant us I can see what I would have gained had I decided to take take the plunge and just do it. And now when I feel those same feelings of being afraid I remind myself to be courageous and move forward instead of running and hiding.

Our past experiences can often teach us what to do and even what not to do if we will let them. I never want to feel those feeling of regret that derive from not doing something I want to do simply because I am to scared.

In fact today I was told that I get to go on a 10 mile hike with the 14-15 year old girls from my church for a girls summer camp. Included in that will be repelling. Me and heights are not really friends. But I want to teach these girls to be courageous so that means I will try it. Even if I am scared. I will not back down.

I have a mantra I tell myself when that fear comes creeping in.

I can do hard things. I know because I have done them before and I can do them again.

In those scary moments I pull upon past experiences where I succefully did hard things. I have gone on a zip line a few times now. I can do that so I can repel.

Sometimes the Lord will ask us to do things that might seem out of our abilities and far far from our comfort zones. He might whisper to us to help someone we barely know. He could ask you to teach a class you feel ill prepared to teach. He might even plant an idea that seems much bigger then someone like you could ever accomplish.

But the trick is to do it anyway. I love this scripture

Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the Lord God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
1 Chronicles 28:20

How powerful are those words. He will not forsake you AND He will not fail you. When I remember those words I know I can do anything He asks of me, even if I feel incapable or not good enough.Because    honestly, I of myself probably can’t do it. I need the help of my Lord daily.

And if He can make me, who can feel so scared at times, into something much greater I know He can do the same for you.

Go out today and do something that frightens you. Something you have been wanting to do but for whatever reason you have yet to move forward. Trust that the Lord will guide you and lead you along. Just Do It.



  1. Last year I was in charge of that hike. And I was also really worried about repelling as I am not an adrenaline junkie type. I knew I had to be an example for the girls though. I told myself you have done much harder things and you can do this! And I did with the Lord’s help! Ian’s it wasn’t nearly as scary as I feared. I could even see it becoming fun!

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