Fear is like an unloaded gun, it has no power or force unless you decide to give it what it needs to do the damage it was created to do. Allowing fear to overtake you can injure your confidence and kill your dreams. By feeding into your fears you can often limit yourself from achieving the level of greatness that God has in store for you. The Bible says, “…I tell you the truth, if you have faith, as small as a mustard seed,2 you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move.3 Nothing will be impossible for you”.a –Matthew 17:20
For example, like many teenagers, my girlfriends and I would go to this water park, Wild River Country, weekly during the summer. We would have a blast floating in the wave pool, running from one attraction to another and just being cute in our little two pieces. Sorry, I had a flash back to my thin days for a moment, LOL! You couldn’t tell us nothing… we were young, free, and fearless. Well, almost fearless. There was this one slide that everyone talked about. It was the main attraction for the park. But there was one problem, I’m afraid of heights and there was no way that I was climbing up those wooden stairs to ride down a plastic slide in the sky into a baby pool of water. No thank you! However, every time we would go I would promise my girls that I was going to do it, but I could never muster the courage to do it. I would wait and watch the fun from the bottom of the pool, until everyone made it down to the bottom of the slide.
Summer had now come to the end and this was going to be our last trip to the park for a while, because we all had to go back to school. This was my last opportunity to experience the fun that everyone else was having. It was now or never, at least until next summer. I made the decision that I was going to do it; this was going to be my day. With the Rocky music playing in my head, I climbed all those stairs, which felt like the stairway to Heaven because it seemed so high, all the way to the top. I made it and I was pumped, I finally did it. It was my time to shine. As I walked to the entrance of the slide to get ready to go down, I looked over the edge and immediately began to panic. The fear took over me, and I froze. My body just wouldn’t move. I had made it so far but I wasn’t able to find the strength to go through with it. Meanwhile, my girlfriends were having the time of their lives twisting and twirling down the slide as I walked shamefully back down to the bottom.
Again I had let my fear overpower my desire to achieve something that I so badly wanted to experience. Like the Israelites that Moses and Joshua had brought so far. They had escaped from Pharaoh’s army, crossed the Sea, conquered cities, walked a lifetime, and were finally at the door of the Promise Land. But because of their lack of faith and unbelief could have ruined their chance to see the greatness that God had provided for them. In Isaiah 41:10 it says, “So do not fear,1 for I am with you;2 do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen3 you and help4 you; I will uphold you5 with my righteous right hand”.6
As humans, we are not immune to fear, but as Christians we have the ability to conquer our fears, through Him. We must understand that we have a big God, who gives us big dreams, big desires, and big promises. There is nothing greater than God, not even every fear stacked into one. God is greater than anything the devil can send your way.
This year, let’s make a promise to ourselves that we won’t let our fears control our destiny. Let’s get out and fulfill every dream, desire, and requirement placed in us and on us. Let’s make this year bigger and better!