Are you the Queen of Afraid to Fail?
Does that fear keep you from even trying - even when you think it's something God has called you too? Yeah, I've been there. I can live there if I'm not careful.
The power verse in my devotion today describes me well:
"Stay alert, be in prayer, so you don't enter the danger zone without even knowing it. Don't be naive. Part of you is eager, ready for anything in God; but another part is as lazy as an old dog sleeping by the fire."
Mark 14:37b-38 (MSG)
While a part of me is definitely driven, another part of me is lazy or easily paralyzed with fear of failure. It's hard to live with both those feelings going on simultaneously. Reading this parable, I know which one it is God wants to kick to the curb! Check out these verses from Proverbs too:
(Proverbs 18:9) “He who is slothful in his work is a brother to him who is a great waster.”
(Proverbs 29:25) "The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is safe."
(Proverbs 31:30) "Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised."
What area or tasks do you need to target with more effort, and which ones call on you to have more faith?
Don't worry but rather pray about everything, the Bible says. It also encourages us to seek input from wise counselors when we feel stuck or unsure. But when we do that and believe something is God's direction for us, we need to tackle it despite our fears. Oftentimes my fears don't go away before I begin - I just begin despite them, and then they dissipate.
I trust this helps someone out there today. Sweet blessings ~ R