Y’all, I know this site is called Candidly Christian, but somethings are easier to be candid about than others.
Somethings are just plain hard to admit… Like my overwhelming fear of failure.
Over a year and a half ago I wrote about how we don’t need to face our fears, but keep our focus on Jesus. It was great advice, but I still get paralyzed by my fear of failure from time to time.
Okay, more often than not.
I tend to focus on all of my shortcomings. All the things I do wrong.
So, when I look to the future and see all that I could do, I really just see all the ways that I could fail.
The result leaves me with this overwhelming fear of failure to the point that I get sick to my stomach.
Yet I know that’s not what God wants for me.
My Fear of Failure & Jesus
When God brings opportunities into my life, He doesn’t bring them in so He can watch me fail and fall apart.
God doesn’t trust me with His words & His work knowing I could never stand a chance, keep up, or hold it all together. Those are the lies of Satan.
He doesn’t trust me with His words and His work knowing I could never stand a chance, keep up, or hold it all together.
Those are the lies of Satan.
And I won’t lie, more often than not, I’m tempted to believe them. I don’t have the best track record when it comes to organization, meeting deadlines, or any sort of success.
But God doesn’t rely on track records.
When God first called Moses and Moses asked, “But who am I that I should do this.” God didn’t list out his qualifications. He didn’t tell Moses why He had picked him. He said, “I will be with you.” (Exodus 3) It wasn’t about Moses, it was about God. The same is true for you and I.
That’s what I forget every time my fear of failure overwhelms me.
1 Thessalonians 5:24 says, “The One who calls you is faithful, and He will do it.” (NIV) I need to slow down and let that verse wash over me when I start to get overwhelmed. Because if God has called me, or you, to do something. Then we can trust that He is faithful, and He will do it.
Yes, I might fall short and get overwhelmed, but God will always, always come through and His will will be done.
What Are You Afraid Of?
I don’t know where this finds you today, but if you are ever overwhelmed by the fear of failure like I am, I pray it encourages you.
Are you afraid of failure? If not, what’s one of your other fears? It’s time to get candid – share with us in the comments below.
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