Fear can manifest in many different forms depending on our circumstances. For some people, fear will simply take them out of the race. It has the ability to paralyze our dreams with the unknowns and what-ifs of stepping into something new; discouraging of ever starting at all.
If you have known me for any amount of time, you will know that I really dislike lizards. One time, my mother-in-law and sister-in-law had to come over and rescue me from a lizard that had trespassed inside my home because I refused to get off the couch and face it. #noregrets
On another occasion, a lizard was hanging out on my windshield [because Florida] and scared the living daylights out of me. For weeks we had just the most beautiful weather, perfect for driving with the windows rolled down, and still I would not open them because of the fear that a lizard might be somewhere on the car and get in.
Finally, at our old apartment, I would rather walk all around the building and through the parking lot to get to the dumpster, just so I would avoid the shortcut through a small patch of grass where the lizards dwelled.
There are others, that while fear does not keep them from their end goal, it will make them take the long road there. In the end they eventually finish; however along the way so much energy and time is wasted on battling fear and distractions that were never part of the plan.
Speaking on behalf of myself, I would share that I have often wondered about the things I could be accomplishing had I not given fear a turn at the wheel. Thinking of the dreams I am missing out on because I got sidetracked. Yet, is there grace? Absolutely! Did I grow and mature in my process? One hundred times, yes! Have I learned from these experiences and have made walking out my dreams boldly a non-negotiable, as well as encourage others to do the same? With every breath in me.
I would hope that if you have experienced the long road like me and find yourself dwelling in what could have been; well then, you would allow yourself to receive grace and move forward with the lessons learned. And if you find yourself at the starting line, then be encouraged to run your lane fiercely.
See, here we are. A fresh, brand new, year; filled with goals, dreams, and resolutions. While I am sure new fears will come, I am more excited about focusing on the renewed hope and purpose it has brought.
Don’t let the worst case scenarios hold you back. Begin to allow “the best is yet to come”s to propel you forward. Take the risks [get off the couch, roll the window down, and walk through the grass] and run fearlessly towards your dreams.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 NIV