Fear is a Lonely Road

Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is freedom.
~ Mary Ferguson

I recently wrote a post on Instagram about fear after studying Isaiah 41:10, where we’re reminded, “fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you…” (ESV). Part of me wanted to list all the things I’m afraid of, but there’s not enough space on the Internet to do that. Instead, I started thinking of all the things I’ve done despite fear. I jotted down that I went to college, got married, toured as a singer with a successful party band, hosted an educational program, plus a few other things.

I didn’t share that I started this blog, published my poetry online (anonymously…baby steps, my friend), and started another project where I’m slowly pushing myself beyond feelings of dread. What’s the worst that can happen? I mean, sure I might receive negative feedback, but the sense of accomplishment I’ve experienced lately feels good. It’s brought me back here when I could’ve listened to someone who said, “You and everybody’s mama has a blog!”

Fear isn’t my friend, though I’ve held on to it for dear life – for much too long. We’re all afraid of something or several something’s. It may be common among us, but it’s still a lonely place. When we question every thought, every move, and every dream we tend to isolate ourselves. I’m sure you can think of several things you’ve talked yourself out of while locked away with your thoughts.

God rewards you when you step out in faith, not when you stay where you are out of fear.
~Joel Osteen

A new year begins in a few days, but I think resolutions can place undue pressure on us. Let’s tackle our fears one at a time, one day at a time. I’ve started by completing a task each day that will get me closer to my goals. The best of what awaits us is beyond our fears.

What can you do today to tackle fear? Or, better yet, what have you done despite your fears? Please share.

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