What have you been wanting to do, or make, or start, but haven’t because fear is holding you back?
Pause, and take time to think of your answer. Fear can paralyze us if we let it. But today, I encourage you to name the thing you want to do—and the fear that’s keeping you from moving forward.
Still struggling to admit it? I’ll go first.
Name the desire: I’ve wanted to start a podcast for two years. I love studying and teaching the Bible. I feel fully alive when I can bring someone else into a deeper understanding of God’s Word or awaken in them a desire to know Him more fully. That’s why I speak, write, and am working on publishing a Bible Study. I believe God has made it clear—this is the work He planned for me. I’m eager and ready to steward that gift.
Name the fear: Then I see what everyone else is writing. I look at all the other Bible teachers out there. I wonder if I really have anything worthwhile to share. What if nobody wants what I have to offer? What if I fail? Can you see fear sucking the life right out of me? Fear is a thief and a murderer. It kills dreams and steals God’s good gifts.
Now it’s your turn:
- Name the desire—the dream God has put on your heart. What is it? Say it out loud.
- Name the fear that’s stopping you.
- Now comes the practice. (I’m talking to both of us here!) Do it scared.
If you are walking with Jesus and want to please Him, those desires are from God. To let fear paralyze you is to bury God’s gift. Don’t believe me? Read Matthew 25:14-30.
It’s impossible to eradicate fear. But we can fight it by walking in obedience. Even if it’s scary. Even if it’s hard. In the end, we will hear God’s, “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:23).
So, name your fear today, friend—and do it scared!