Deeper: Moving Past Fear

“Fear wants to stop our stories.”
Anne Jackson, Permission to Speak Freely

Every one of us is writing a story.

We write it with the decisions we make, the thoughts we think and the actions we take. We write it with the friends we keep and the pain we cause. We write it by how we treat our families and friends and neighbors. Our story is written through the organizations we join, the church we attend, the job we work, the lies we tell, the people we hurt, the hope we bring and the passions we pursue.

Everything we do, say and think is just another chapter in the story we tell with our lives.

Some of us tell stories that bring hope and healing those around us. Others tell stories that bring hurt and pain and destruction. Some encourage. Some tear down. Some take huge steps of faith. Others shrink back and just allow life to happen.

Whether you try to or not, your life is telling a story.

It’s what you were created to do.

We were fashioned to write a story, to see our lives count for something. We were created with a purpose and a destiny. We were molded to make a difference, pursue our callings and live lives of meaning.

But in the midst of telling our stories, in the course of pursuing our dreams, finding our callings and doing that one thing that we are most passionate about, there’s one thing that can easily derail us:

Fear.

It can take a person called to step out and provide clean drinking water and turn her into someone sitting in a dead end job. It can take the future president of a huge corporation and turn him into a drug addict. It can cause someone who is meant to go to college, study chemistry and find a cure for cancer into a college drop-out. It can cause a missionary who is meant to travel the world and lead thousands to Christ, into someone who won’t even lead a bible study.

Fear wants to stop you short of the intended purpose of your life, and cause you to settle for something else. Something less.

Because fear will tell you it can’t happen. It will get you rolling around the “what-ifs” in your head. It will make you believe that you don’t have what it takes, you can’t do it, and that the task would be better left to someone with more experience, or schooling, or a different personality.

Fear will put a period where God intended a comma.

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.”
2 Timothy 1:7

God did not give you that fear you’re facing. He didn’t put those thoughts of failure and inadequacy in your mind.

He gave you power,
And love,
And discipline,

To push past the fear, to laugh in its face, and to move into everything God has for you.

And so, my brothers and sisters, as you write the story of your life, may you realize that fear exists to stop you from the story God wants you to write. May you see that fear is nothing more than a deterrent to the life you are called to live. And may you, as you continue to move forward in your calling, find that God has given you the power to face your fears…and write an amazing story with your life.

What fear is stopping you from writing an amazing story in your life?

2 replies
  1. Jason Stasyszen
    Jason Stasyszen says:

    Fear is insidious and ruthless. You give an inch, it takes a mile. No room for it and like you said, God will help us deal with it–His perfect love drives it out. Thanks Jason.

    • Jason Vana
      Jason Vana says:

      It can be pretty subtle as well – creeping in where we don’t expect it and showing up in ways we don’t even think are fear. It’s sneaky like that. Thankfully God helps us get out of it. Thanks for the comment, Jason!

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