Do you guys remember the show, Fear Factor? A show in which contestants did and ate crazy things that many would be afraid of? There was light at the end of the tunnel, but in order to win, they had to drive off of buildings, run on top of moving trains, be locked in coffins with snakes, or eat pig rectums. Was fear a factor for them? You bet it was!
When faced with a potentially dangerous situation, it’s perfectly natural for fear to creep into our minds and begin ruling our thoughts. Fear can have a self-preserving effect, it can stop you from an unhealthy diet, from falling off of a cliff, fear can even stop you from doing something socially stupid (what will the neighbors say!). But there’s a problem….
The problem comes when we allow fear to reign in our lives, when we let fear be the sole reason for making an otherwise courageous choice.
I know parents that are so afraid of pushing their kids away from church, they never take them to church.
There are people who are so afraid of failing, they never follow their dream career.
Some people are so afraid of being broke, they never give.
Our thoughts can be our own worst enemy. We must take them captive, focus on the goodness of the Lord, and intentionally drive fear out of our minds. If we don’t, fear will override our thoughts, our actions, and our lives.
When making a decision, fear can never be the determining factor!