Leaving Fears Behind

Well, it has been a while.

How is 2021 going for everyone? How are you faring through COVID???

I’ve been on vacation, yet it seems like so much has happened!

We moved, we traveled, we finished moving, and my husband and I have a new job and finishing school to look forward to… that is something to look forward to, right?

I’m halfway through my program, and my husband is starting a new career. This is exciting, right?

Right?????

I mean… it SHOULD be exciting. I AM excited… but something else is there too…

Today part of a devotional I’m doing really stuck out to me. It said::

losses loom larger than gains… so in other words, the fear of loss is greater than the hope of gain.
So… the idea is that fear is a greater motivation than hope. The devotional said this was a profound discovery made during an experiment at UofM…. but I couldn’t help but wonder, profound to who? This is a pretty well known fact if you ask me.

A ramble, if I may:

Many people live their lives based on their fears and preventing those fears from coming to pass. People make financial decisions based on fear of being without finances. People raise their children, ensuring they have a “healthy” fear of the things THEY fear. People can be highly motivated and moved by their fears.

Here is the thing though…

It shouldn’t be this way, especially not with believers. Followers of Christ are supposed to live their lives based on hope. We should be motivated by our hopes, and we should live and BE in accordance with the hope we cling to. Hope in our triune God makes way for hope in every other aspect of our lives. Through Him, we CAN have hope. We SHOULD be distinct, having and living out hope, not fear. We are not like the rest of the world. Where others see darkness, we instill light. When others are fearful and reluctant, we push forward in faith. We should encourage others, so that they see our light and glorify God.

Yet so many of us look like the world. We live in fear and let our fears keep us from what God has called us to do.

I love beading and making jewelry. I’ve been thinking of selling my work for months now, the idea settling into my heart and making me feel like it’s the right thing to do. Many people have asked why I don’t sell what I make… my answer (me being transparent here!!!):: I have a fear that nothing will sale. Seriously, what if I don’t sell anything? What if no one likes my pieces? What if too many people are selling the same beautiful stuff? What if I do sell and mess around and owe money back on my taxes?!?!

………… Sound familiar?

Sounds like the same DOUBTS people use everyday to decide what and how and when to move or NOT move.

I shouldn’t be afraid. I owe it to God to NOT live in fear. He has brought me too far.

Fear is the enemy. Fear is a tactic used by the devil to keep us from reaching our potential and seeing the things God has in store for us. Fear sucks! It sucks the life out of us and it sucks the hope out of situations!

We fear the future because we don’t know what it holds. I don’t know if I’ll be successful with my jewelry, and I don’t know what this year will hold… so fear threatens my outlook.

How do I remedy this?

Hope. It seems simple… it’s not. It seems easy… far from. But I have to go on the offensive. I have to actively live out hope. Do the things that seem to bring fear; pray when doubts occur; speak life over every situation; choose to see things with hope instead of how they may look in the natural (significantly easier said than done!); trust God with the future I am unsure of.

It’s much easier to type these things. Putting them into practice is hard. Perhaps this is why so many live under fear? Maybe fighting it is too hard for some…

I accept the challenge. I embrace the unknown and I submit it to my hope. I have hope for my husband’s new career. I have hope for the upcoming year. I have hope for this school season. I have hope for this new business venture. I have hope in Christ.

No matter what 2021 has in store, have hope. Place your hope in God and let it overtake your fears. Hold tight to your hope, and let it move you forward! Hope, all year long: hope!

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