When we journey with others in the faith, we help each other with the different struggles and challenges we experience because of sin and the brokenness of our world. In this series, Journey Together, we will talk about how we can help those who are going through specific battles of faith. Today, we will talk about journeying with someone who is afraid to fail.
“I don’t think I can do it. I’ll just give up while I haven’t messed up yet.”
“What will my parents say if I don’t make it?”
“Other contenders seem to be so much better. I shouldn’t even try to compete.”
“My friends will tell me ‘I told you so.’ I don’t want to deal with that.”
We’ve probably had these conversations at least once in our lives with someone who is trying to do something new or something big. This is not surprising. We like the comfort of the familiar. We want to make sure something is tried and tested. We need the certainty of a good outcome.
These needs and desires are valid. As human beings, we long for security and validation. However, we can never have a complete guarantee of success or good outcome in any venture. There will always be a possibility of failure—of things going completely the opposite of what we hope for or expect. But does this mean we should stop making a change or aiming for something bigger?
God calls us to a life of adventure with Him—a life where we can take risks and leaps of faith because of our confidence in His faithfulness, power, and love. But what is keeping us from taking bolder chances or pursuing greater things that God calls us to? Is it really just the possibility of an unexpected outcome? Or is there something bigger at stake?
A well-known Christian neuroscientist, Dr. Caroline Leaf, asked this question, “Are you really scared of failure, or are you actually scared of looking foolish and feeling humiliated? Both are valid, but knowing the WHY can better help manage the fear.” Asking the right questions is crucial in helping someone who is afraid to fail.
Here are three prevalent fears that keep us from making a change or believing God for something big.
Knowing the root helps us battle it with God’s love and truth. God’s word assures us that perfect love drives out fear (1 John 4:18) and that we were not given the spirit of fear, but of love, of power, and of sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).
Here are three steps we can take to cast out fear and receive the spirit of love, power, and sound mind that God is graciously offering us.
God has so much in store for our lives. He has called us to a blessed life that overflows to be a blessing to the community and the people He has placed in our lives.
Our prayer and our hope for you and the people you lead is that you won’t let your fears paralyze you, so that you don’t miss out on God’s good, pleasing, and perfect will.
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