What are you afraid of? Take a moment. I really want you to think about it. Everyone is afraid of something, it's just part of living in this messed up world. So what is it for you?
- Do you fear failing? That's a common one.
- Do you fear losing?
- Do you fear getting sick or not getting better?
- Do you fear dying?
How about this, do you fear stepping out of your comfort zone? Hmmm. I think I just heard the majority of those reading this sigh and concede fear on this one!
Most people think as a pastor I have to be this brave, extroverted soul and I just laugh when I hear this. The truth is, I and every other leader I know in ministry and otherwise have one thing in common, we all fear something!
Recently I had to make a scary decision. I decided to resign my contract with a firm I have been working with for the past year. This decision was a difficult one.
Why? You guessed it... FEAR! Fear to believe that income would be replaced!
Here is how I came to the point to move forward with my decision to punch fear in the face and how you can do the same.
- Begin with prayer: James 1:5 says "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him." Before all else fails, pray.
- Seek out Godly counsel: Run your fear by someone whom you know will give you balanced, Godly, and biblical feedback. God has designed His church to be a place where you have access to faithful believers, from your pastor(s), to the elders or other leaders, to the friends you are in community with there. Who are you talking your fears through with?
- Consider the consequences: For me it was risking my personal health (I was stretched thin), risking my relationship with my family, and risking the health of Freedom, by giving them a pastor who had split commitments. What are you risking by letting fear hold you back?
- Consider the benefits: For me, optimal personal health (mental/physical), more time for family, a vibrant, growing church, and a personal business that provides great passive income! What would be your benefits?
- Consider the fallback plan: For me, I could always go back to full time employment. Not ideal, but if things don't work out "you gotta do what you gotta do!” What's your “Plan B?”
- Consider the Word: 2 Timothy 1:7 says, "For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” If you've prayed for wisdom and received it through Godly counsel and the Word, considered the consequences and benefits, and know what you are doing is not contrary to God's Word, realize that the fear you are feeling is not from God.
We all face fear. But don't let fear beat you up. Fight back and punch fear in the face through prayer, Godly counsel, considering the risk and rewards, and affirming God's promises in His Word!
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Wanna learn more about punching fear in the face? Read John Acuff’s new book, Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work that Matters