I'm woman enough to admit my dream is daunting.
Some say if your dreams don’t scare you, they’re too small.
So, I guess I’m on the right track. I’m scared that I won't achieve my dreams. Terrified I'll fall flat on my face. Petrified I will misrepresent the Bible unintentionally. Faint-hearted I might lead someone astray. Intimidated the quality of my crafts won't measure up. I fear failure. And Success. By man’s standards.
But man's standards are not God's standards.
If I fail by man's standards while clinging to my faith in God, I will still have eternal success. Realizing my fate rests in God’s hands neutralizes the fear of falling on my face that threatens to keep me from taking a leap of faith. In fact, taking a leap of faith is one of the best ways to learn to trust and rely on God. By stepping out into the unknown we can get to know Him better.
Fear looks inward, but faith faces upward.
One way I conquer my fears is to name them. Because by giving them a title I realize they are based on my own abilities or accomplishments. Here are a few more of mine:
making a fool of myself
wasting my family's resources
being so successful I can no longer manage it
running out of things to say
too little, too much, too soon, too late
Oh my goodness. I could go on. And on. And… You get the idea. But I have found, naming my fears helps me tame them. Go ahead, write your’s down on a scrap of paper.
Once we’ve acknowledge them, we pile them up at the foot of the cross and leave them there. That’s where we trade our fears for faith in God who has dominion over anything that scares us. When we look to Him who loves and forgives us, and provides for our eternity, we learn we don’t have to lean on ourselves alone.
Dreams are Daunting when our Fears Distract Us from our Faith.
Fear creeps in often, but the Bible tells us not to. So, what should we do instead? Have courage. Enjoy peace. Remain confident. Easy to type, hard to do. Unless we know where our confidence originates.
In the Bible, confidence is sometimes translated as hope, and friends, our hope is not in our dreams. When we place it there we give fear a foothold, because then our hope hinges on us. Our hope is in Jesus. And not just in His ability to make our dreams come true. But rather in His ability to bring us into perfect harmony with the Creator.
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Our hope isn't about our ability to achieve anything. Our hope is in Jesus. And what He accomplished for us on the cross. Achieving my God-given dream has nothing to do with my salvation. You see, if achieving my dream is really in God's plans for me, He will make it happen and nothing in heaven or on earth will be able to stop it. But it’s possible that His plan for this dream is more about me learning to trust Him more. Maybe this dream was meant to test my faith. If so, I will still rejoice, because I know that the testing of my faith produces perseverance, maturity, and completeness as a Christian (James 1:-24).
But I'll never know unless I leap.
If I've used the tools of discernment and detect a green light from God, I have nothing to fear. Even if my dream fails, my hope in His promises never will. When dreams are daunting, we move forward in faith with the hope of heading heavenward.
Fixing our hope on His promises and not our dreams fills us with the confidence to take a leap of faith.
If your Dreams are still Daunting, my friend Alisa at Flourishing today has compiled 12 Dynamic Resources to Help You Conquer Fear.
Don't miss the other great posts in this series:
And coming Soon:
Living the Dream
Dare to Dream Again
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