I’m an oldest child, and I’ve grown up my whole life in fear. I know what it’s like to be scared of disappointing people, I understand what it feels like to be anxious about the future, and I’ve feared being powerless.
But God has shown me how to overcome my fear.
In this world, there’s a lot to be afraid of, and worry can be a constant companion. But God sticks closer to you than your fear, and His love has the power to chase anxiety away. Being brave is not something that you need to do on your own; in fact, it’s impossible. As I’ve begun to take leaps of faith and trust God, I’ve realised that He has more than enough courage for all of His children.
When I was approaching the end of high school, I was afraid to make any decisions, worried that I would choose wrong, and ruin the rest of my life. I chose to be passive, limiting my next step because I didn’t think I would make it into a good university. So I stayed at home to attend a community college. Afraid to fail, I failed to try. But God wasn’t content with my complacency, and He ignited the flame I had let die: my hidden desire to travel the world spreading His love. I decided to be brave, even though I was terrified. I thought that my potential growth would be worth the risk, so I left for a Discipleship Training School at YWAM Newcastle, in Australia.
I never even let myself believe that I would make it there. But, in the back of my mind, I felt that
God had promised that I would grow closer to Him, and my faith would be rewarded.
I wanted to adventure with God even more than I wanted to stay home in fear. In 2 Corinthians, God says “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” He isn’t disappointed in us when our weakness shows; in those imperfect moments, His power shines through us. I don’t have to be afraid of failing God, because in my failures, His glory is even more evident.
Maybe you, like me, are scared of others seeing your mistakes. However, I want to challenge you to consider God’s love instead of what others think of you. His opinion is more important than anyone else’s.
Be encouraged; He is with you and for you. 1 John tells us that perfect love casts out all fear, and for me that truth is life-changing. What if, instead of looking to the future, trying to plan against all that could go wrong, we look back at God’s faithfulness? I’m not suggesting we try to live in the past, but I firmly believe the past can give us hope for the future.
Remembering the good God has done in our lives silences the lies of fear.
Is there something God has been calling you to that you’re afraid to try? Maybe you’re about to graduate high school, but you have no idea what’s next. Perhaps you desire to learn more about God, but have no idea where to start. Don’t let your fear of the unknown prevent you from trusting God. Learn from my mistakes, and don’t limit your next step to something inside your comfort zone.
I am so glad that I stepped out in faith and did a Discipleship Training School. It may not be the direction God wants to take you, but you’ll never know unless you ask Him!
YWAM Newcastle Staff