That thing. That thing you dread doing. It’s something that causes fear to rise up in your heart and throat. You’d rather go to the dentist or have an annual exam than have to do this “thing.”
Name it. What is it? Is it confrontation? Is it reaching out to someone who is hard to love – let alone like? Is it something tangible like flying, staying home alone at night while your husband is away traveling, going on a missions trip, letting someone see you without your makeup on? What is it? And why is it that particular thing?
I’ve decided to tackle my fears, phobias, and dreads. Okay – well, sort of. I really would rather avoid them. So when I’m faced with the fact that there is no way around them and I MUST do them – THEN I’ve decided that I will tackle them with strength and gusto. Because I’d rather muster up courage then whimper like a helpless waif.
Plus, it does me good.
Each time I conquer something that once conquered me – I feel stronger. My faith grows because – trust me – I do a LOT of praying while I’m going through my deep-seeded fear moments! I love seeing just how good my God is to me. How tender He is, never laughing at my ridiculousness, but simply putting an arm around my shoulders and gently prodding me through it.
“I can do this.”
I can. I have.
It’s amazing what you can do when you put your heart and mind to it. It’s astonishing how much we can be held back by letting something grow too big in our minds. It can rule our lives. It can overtake us. Sometimes, we will hardly recognize ourselves if we let too much time go by with that ‘thing’ in charge of us.
“I can do this.” And so can you.
Whatever that ‘thing’ is in your life – that thing that terrifies you? Take a baby step the next time you are faced with it. You may stumble a little, but trust me, it will feel so good to walk that walk. It will free you and make you stronger.
You just might even smile while you go through it for God has given you all the tools you need to make it out on the other side – better.