Fearless. The absence of fear. It’s one of those words that always seems to get tossed around. “Follow your dreams! Take risks! Be fearless!”
Those quotes may look nice on paper, but putting them into action is easier said than done. This post is for everyone, but especially for those of you, like me, who’ve got big dreams, but aren’t afraid to admit that sometimes you just don’t know what to do next and it scares you. What if I’m not good enough? What if they don’t like me? What if this is all a big waste of time?These are all the wrong questions we should be asking ourselves.
Trade the thought of not being good enough with a gentle reminder of where you currently are. Would you be there in the first place if you weren’t “good enough”? There will always be someone better, but we weren’t called to compare ourselves to the next. We were called to be faithful.
One day I want to be a professional track and field athlete. I’ve asked myself plenty of times if I can make it that far. If I have the guts, the drive, and the mental toughness. It’s scary to think that I might not have “enough” speed or “enough” strength, but why let that mindset hinder me? I’m a collegiate runner now because of working hard and staying disciplined, and if I really put my mind to it, I can be a professional athlete later because of those same two concepts.
What if they don’t like me?
They who? The birds? The people you’ve never even talked to, but whose opinions somehow manage to mean the world? Caring what people think about me is something I still haven’t managed to let go of. It’s very middle schoolish if I must say so myself. Not being our true selves because we fear we’ll be left out, misunderstood, or looked down upon is a chain that must be broken.
What if this is all a big waste of time?
And what if it isn’t? What if from whatever season you’re in, you come out with the most amazing experiences and friendships. We will never know what’s on the other side of tomorrow.
God didn’t give us a spirit of fear. If reaching a point of fearlessness in your life seems like it’s so far away, I challenge you instead to fear-less. Find a quote, scripture, or song that will counter your fears when they arise. Day by day, I hope that whatever you find to bring you comfort will push you into a place of fearing less and less until you can fully believe that you are one confident, fearless, and wonderful child of God.
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