WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF? PART 2

In part 1 of my blog, I talked about certain fears that people have when they are getting ready to do something new. Even though there is a feeling of excitement for a fresh adventure, many times it’s followed by a feeling of fear.

I listed five fears that people have when starting something new. I’ve decided, for the next five days, I want to blog about each of them and encourage as many as I can to overcome these fears. Whether you, or someone you know, is dealing with one of these fears, I hope these few words will bring inspiration to everyone that reads them.

“FEAR OF FAILURE”

At the top of my list is, “FEAR OF FAILURE”. There are so many people afraid of failing, that they never make any forward movement at all. It’s almost as if, when that fearful feeling comes over them, they’re suddenly locked in a prison and cannot get out. They’re chained by the worry and stress of what could go wrong, so they choose to remain in the same place. In time, they’ll even feel like a failure because they chose to not move at all.

They’re afraid if they take the risk, it’s going to fail and they don’t want to deal with the embarrassment of admitting they failed. Whether you’re stepping out on faith for a new ministry or a new business, the truth is…you may have to suffer some failure. Just know that failure doesn’t mean defeat. A set back doesn’t mean you have to sit out. Failure can actually help you become better at what you’re doing. It is also one of the greatest teachers you can have.

Some of the greatest men and women in history used their failures to their advantage instead of their demise.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the man who evaluated Fred Astaire’s first screen test wrote, “Can’t act. Can’t sing. Balding. Can dance a little”.

Before Bill Gates founded Microsoft, he was a Harvard University drop-out.

Albert Einstein was four years old before he could talk and seven years old before he could read. Because of his speech, his teachers thought he was slow and even expelled him from school for his rebellious nature.

Henry Ford failed and went broke five times before he succeeded.

Charles Schultz had every cartoon he submitted rejected by his high school yearbook staff. Even Walt Disney wouldn’t hire him.

In 1927, Lucille Ball was advised by her instructor to, “Try any other profession”.

In 1954, Jimmy Denny, manager of the Grand Ole Opry, fired Elvis Presley after one performance. He told Presley, “You ain’t goin’ nowhere, son. You ought to go back to drivin’ a truck.”

As an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.”
~ Confucius

Sometimes God has a way of revealing things through failure and frustration. Like Joseph, you might have to deal with a prison before you get the keys to all the corn in Egypt and be favored by all. You may even feel like David. After he was anointed to be the new king, he was sent back to being a shepherd. I want to encourage you today to not let failure define you, but let it refine you. Failure is not where you stop, it’s where you step, and the steps of a good man are ordered of the Lord.

I’m not saying, you are destined to fail. I am saying failure is not your destiny, but it just may help you in getting to your destiny. Falling is inevitable, but getting back up is optional. You have, and will have, the option in your new adventure. Get ready for some adversity and obstacles. Prepare for a few struggles here and there, but when you face them, allow it to become a learning experience and not a detour.

Isaiah 54:17 says, “No weapon formed against us shall prosper.” He didn’t say the enemy wouldn’t make weapons to try and destroy us…He was just letting us know that the enemy’s arsenal will not end what has been started in us. To be more than a conqueror, you have to go through something that needs to be conquered.

Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me. Micah 5:7

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