“I’m scared of motorcycles. I’m scared of gorillas. I’m scared of firemen and I’m afraid of policemen.” I listened intently as my three-year old grandson sat on my sofa, counting his list of fears one by one on his fingers.
“What are you doing, Christian?” I heard my daughter ask in disbelief.
“I’m counting everything I’m afraid of,” Christian replied. I waited quietly, wondering what she would say next.
“Christian, your last name is Harris, and Harris boys are not afraid of anything,” she countered.
“That’s right!” Christian responded confidently. “I’m a Harris and I’m not afraid of anything!” My spunky little grandson sat up straight and stuck his chest out proudly. “I’m not afraid of anything,” he repeated.
Wow! In that one minute, I heard a powerful message. Sometimes we don’t even know we’re rehearsing our litany of fears. Not until the Holy Spirit shines his light upon our thoughts do we realize we’re allowing our fears to block our blessings.
What are you believing God for today? What would you do if you were not afraid? Are you spending more time looking at your fears rather than what God is saying?
I remember an old song we used to sing in the Methodist church when I was a little girl. It went like this:
“Count your blessings; name them one by one.
Count your blessings, see what God has done!
Count your blessings; name them one by one.
Count your many blessings, see what God has done!”
What song has God put in your heart to help you counter the fears which will surely come as you press into new territory? Why not write that song down and meditate on the words throughout the day? Better still, how about singing it while driving or working? For some of you, consider your co-workers before raising that tune. Better to confine your skills to the privacy of your office or cubicle!
Romans 8:15-16 states,’ For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by Him, we cry “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.’
So what do we do when those fears come? 1.) Tell the Father. He already knows our fears. He’s not surprised. 2.) Count your blessings. Remember how He’s helped you before. 3) Find scripture to meditate on. There’s more than enough Word on any given topic. 4.) Get yourself a song. God likes to sing to us. We just need to listen. 5.) Then obey what God is telling you. He may be talking about step one today. That might be just enough to handle for now.
If you’re like me, you might be asking, “Will I ever conquer all my fears? ” Hey, if we were totally without fear, would we ever depend upon God? Probably not. Okay, if you said yes, great!
Situations come and go. And along with them come the “What if’s.” Sometimes we just have to do ________afraid. Fill in the blank for yourself. Most of my greatest victories came when I stepped out in fear. God met me when I realized I could not do_________in my own strength. How about you? Will you stay in your comfort zone or step into new territory? As Nike states, “Just do it!”