Hi mini-women! Hannah here.
Boy am I enjoying this series on fear. Why? Because I feel like I’m preaching to myself! We make so many decisions based on fear without even realizing it. Our mouth gets dry, our heart starts racing, and all of a sudden we’re making crazy choices without even thinking twice!
Our God is a God of Hope, yes? So let’s try to make choices based on HOPE, not fear. Let’s believe that God will give us the strength to try something new. To go to a new school, to audition for a musical, to try out for a competitive sport.
Because of course God will. God doesn’t want fear to stop us from anything. Remember the story of Jonah?
Talk about a guy who made a big decision based ONLY on fear, and not at all on hope. God told him to go one way, and because it seemed too scary, he sprinted off in the opposite direction!
Now, God was merciful, and let him live by having a whale swallow him, but think about this – A WHALE SWALLOWED HIM. I don’t know about you girls, but I would be SCARED out of my mind to have a huge whale mouth close over me! Right about the time that I saw that big mouth coming at me I’d be thinking, “Boy I wish I’d just done what God asked, and not been so scared! A new town with some not-so-nice people is better than getting EATEN BY A WHALE!”
We all look at Jonah and say, “Well of course he did the wrong thing; we would never disobey God like that.” But we do. We really do. We avoid making new friends, trying out for a play or a new sport because it’s just easier to stay home.
And surely God doesn’t want that! I’ve never found a verse that said, “Better to be a couch potato than to try something new.” You girls let me know if you find a conversation between God and anyone else in the Bible that gives you that impression.
But let’s remember two things about Jonah’s story.
- He avoided doing what God asked, and his life got way worse. He had to live in a STOMACH for 3 days, for Pete’s sake! You’re probably not going to get eaten, but you may be lonely without friends, or sad when you go see the play you could have been in, or disappointed when you hear that sports team won the game and you weren’t a part of it.
Your life will just be a bit gray-er than it should be, right?
- And this is the comforting part of the story – when Jonah messed up, God still stayed with him. Yes, he was in a worse situation. But God never left. He was faithful. (Just a little encouragement if you’ve made a fear decision – God WILL get you back on track!)
All I mean to say is, making a decision based on fear almost NEVER ends well. And making a decision based on HOPE, well that just opens doors to things you never thought were possible .
And isn’t that what we want from life? Doing amazing things and giving God the glory? I say yes.
It may not be easy. But the Bible says to take every thought captive to obey Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5) and I like that because it doesn’t just say, “Hey work hard and don’t be afraid – you’ll get there!”
No, instead it says, “Look, you may have thoughts that give you fear and make you want to run the other way all the time, BUT you’ve got to be rough on those thoughts. Take them captive and kick them out.” That’s a good way to start obeying Christ – fight back against thoughts that AREN’T from Him in your own head.
So for your Talking to God Journals this week, why don’t you make a list of things that you HAVEN’T done because you’re too afraid. Then go over that list, and ask God to help you conquer ONE of those fears this year. Slow and steady wins the race, right? You don’t have to ask Him to fix all those fears right away! Just one.
Here’s what I’d love to hear in your comments this week, if you want to share. What is one area of your life that you are going to start kicking fear OUT the door, and try using hope instead?
I’ll do mine. I’m going to start believing that I CAN write a good story, and I will NOT fail to finish. It will take some work every day – but God is going to help me write, and give me good ideas. That blank page on the computer screen isn’t going to scare me anymore!
How about you sweet girls? Let’s hear it!
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