There is no room for fear with what you want to do.

There is no room for fear with what you want to do.
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You are allowed to be scared. Being scared is a natural reaction to things we do not understand or don't fully see. You are allowed to be scared but do not be filled with fear. 

The distinction between being scared and fear is vital. 

  • A scare is temporary. It keeps you alert, safe and prepares you for future risks. 
  • Fear is a disastrous state of being. It paralyzes, questions, turns away, or stunts growth. 

It's okay to be scared. Everyone is scared from time to time. In fact, most of us are scared most of the time. With war looming, markets crashing, sickness prevailing, and time fleeting, it is hard to ask someone not to be scared. 

Fear is something entirely different. 

Fear is a choice made when standing on the bridge of life, and you look down instead of forward. Your knees buckle as the distance between you and the ground stretches beyond imagination. 

You freeze in place, "I refuse to take another step." 

  • "But people are depending on you to make it across." No, I refuse.
  • "But there is something better for you across the bridge." No, I refuse.
  • "But you are the only one right now that could help us." No, I refuse.

Fear is a choice to not take another step forward on the bridge. To sit down. To be paralyzed by uncertainty. 

The most important thing to do in life is not to be afraid because fear is bigger than your problem. Fear is the problem!

While fear is a common human experience, the Scripture's promise that God walks with the faithful at all times has heartened us to overcome our fears through the ages: 

"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff comfort me" (Psalm 23:4).

Fear is the enemy. There is no room for fear with what you want to do.