Think a minute…My younger son used to have a fear of fast roller coasters. Those thrill rides at amusement parks that race up, down and around a track. But a few years ago my son decided he was going to ride it no matter how afraid he felt. He of course wanted to sit next to Dad on the roller coaster as he forced himself to take this wild ride.
I could see the fear on his face and almost hear his heart pounding as we started rolling down the track. In fact, that roller coaster was almost too fast for me! When the ride was finally over and we were leaving, my son was so happy and proud of himself he kept saying again and again: “Dad, I conquered my fear!”
One of the important secrets to success and happiness, which many people do not understand, is that on the other side of our fear is a much better life for us. It’s only when we face and conquer our fears that we can move past them and become free to reach our potential. The famous army general George Patton said: “Fear kills more people than death.”
Remember that death kills us only once, but fear kills us many times! “It’s better to face danger one time than to live in fear your whole life.” Our fears will keep chasing us as long as we keep running from them.
A wise man said: “Fear is a warning signal, not for us to close our eyes, but for us to open them wider so we can face our fear head-on to conquer it.” But if we keep closing our eyes to our fear so we can stay in our comfort zone, then we will end up “buried alive in our comfort zone” and never live our life to the fullest.
Someone said: “The biggest part of courage is having done it before.” Remember, there is a first time for everything—whether it is riding a bike, starting your own business, or public speaking. One of the greatest feelings and experiences of life is running right at your fear and coming out on the other side knowing you defeated it.
So for your own success and satisfaction, won’t you once and for all ask Jesus to come into your heart and take full control of your life? Then, when you know that God Himself is on your side, there is absolutely no one or nothing for you to be afraid of. With His love and power, you can run right through your fears to the great life He has ready and waiting for you. Just think a minute…