3 Insights to Overcoming Fear, A Major Pothole On the Road to Purpose
Admit it. You fear something. Okay, okay—maybe you don’t wake up sweating or stay up at night because of fear. But can you truly say you are completely fearless? If we’re honest, most of us can’t.
Fear can show up at the worst possible time. Just when you need to be courageous and seize an opportunity, fear can rear its ugly head. What do you do in those moments? How do you seize life’s opportunities even when you feel desperately inadequate or intimidated?
The life of Esther provides insights to these questions. She was an orphan girl and a foreigner with a secret should couldn’t tell anyone. She had just one person in the world she could trust. Still, she mustered the courage to risk her life and as a result, saved an entire nation. How did this little girl turned queen do it?
Make a Decision
When her uncle, Mordecai, confronted her to use her newfound queenship to save her nation, she first had to choose to confront her fear. Will I go before the king unannounced and risk my life if it means I could save my nation? Her answer was yes. If you’re going to jump off a cliff, you first have to make a decision to do so. Choose to confront your fears. That was Esther’s first step. What did she do next?
Call a Fast
“Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.” (Esther 4:16, New International Version)
After Esther made a decision to confront her fear, she then called a fast. Biblical fasting takes the attention off you and focuses on God. When you want to show God that He has your total attention, engage in a fast. Esther called a 3-day fast. She didn’t just ask others to fast for her, she also fasted.
Resolve to the Risk
Her famous words, “if I perish, I perish” reveal that Esther had resolved to take a risk—even if it meant her life. Risks and rewards go hand in hand. Some rewards come only after you take a significant risk. Esther’s risk delivered her entire nation—millions of people. So ask yourself, “Is it possible that there are others that will benefit my taking a risk? Will the rewards outweigh the risk?”
This year, resolve to confront fear head-on. Anticipate the rewards and learn from the experiences. Taking the risk may elevate you to your next level of favor.
Lenita Reeves is an author, speaker, pastor, wife, mother of four children and is hooked on all things purpose. She spends her time writing, speaking, blogging and conducting seminars on discovering and maximizing purpose. Click to receive your free Letting Go on Purpose eGuide. And, remember to subscribe remember to all her blog posts at http://www.purposehouse.net.
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