December 18, 2012

Motivation: Fear

"There is nothing to fear but fear itself."
-Franklin D. Roosevelt

A few months ago if I would've been told this I would have laughed. I would have thought "Roosevelt is an idiot, there are SO many things to be fearful of!" Like..


And what about THIS?

Okay, so maybe it would make sense to be aware of the danger these creatures pose so we can to react to them appropriately. But what about everyday life events such as speaking up to your boss, or putting together a business plan for your future? How do you react to this fear?

I once read something that had a profound impact on how I think. It said "A developing child's success is only attributed to the fact that they do not fear failure". What does his mean?

A child only learns how to crawl, walk, and talk, because he tried to do it before and he didn't succeed, he tried again repeatedly—without fear of failure.
Fear can cripple us and not allow us to do what we are truly capable of doing but we just don't realize it.

In the wake of the tragedy that happened in Newtown, Connecticut fear is in the atmosphere. As we watch the news of the tragedy that involved the vicious killing of 26 people, 20 of those being children ages 6 and 7, we can't help but to react to this type of situation with fear. Fear that tells us to home school our children or never attend a movie premier. But answer this question are we ever really safe? Ask this woman whose granddaughter was unintentionally shot in the face by a drive-by bullet in their own home while watching Sesame Street. Or what about people who get in their car to go to the store but never make it there? These are the realities, but fear doesn't have to be. We must conquer these fears and release the control they have over our lives. The bible mentions "Do Not Fear" 365 times, one for each day.

Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. Isiah 41:10

What are your fears? What are your plans on overcoming them?


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