Don't Sweat the Small Stuff
What are your biggest fears? I’m not talking about snakes, or rats, or bees, or some other large or small monster that’s coming to get you when you least expect it. I’m talking about the things that you avoid because you don’t know if you can handle them, or how they’ll turn out if you try them. As Christians, we have an enemy that does not want us to achieve our dreams, or anything else for that matter. He also doesn’t want us to enjoy or be satisfied with what we do achieve.
The Bible tells us that if we do not take the counsel of sinners, but delight in His Word, we will be like the strongest of trees that bear fruit when the season is right. In fact, it says if you keep His Word in mind in all you do, whatever you do will prosper. (See Ps. 1:1-3) Fear of failure is one of the most common fears in us. Let’s face it, no one likes to fail. But when you’re afraid of a possible negative outcome, that fear can keep you from even trying. I think the biggest problem is the way we view failure. If you consider it a condition that defines who you are, you may never try anything that has even a remote chance of failing. The truth is that we are not defined by our failures, OR our successes. The world may try to use the success or failure moniker to define you, but when you believe in the Christ in you, those things don’t mean much anymore. It is our Father, through Christ, who will keep you moving forward even when things haven’t gone so well. Paul addressed this in his letter to the Philippians:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Php. 4:6-8; NIV)
It’s not easy to stay motivated and energetic about something when you fear what people will think, especially if you fail. The above passage does not say that God will give you everything you request, but that He will give you peace and guard your heart and mind. Failure is just one more step in the direction of success, if you don’t quit. Are you thinking about trying something new; a new job, hobby, or sport? Are you considering going back to school to study a new trade or to further your education in your current field? Maybe you’re unsure about a job offer, or moving into a new place.
Whatever your situation, God will guide you into the best direction for you at the time, and give you peace in the process. That doesn’t necessarily mean immediate success. Accept the possibility that immediate success may not be what is best for you right now. You may need the wisdom and maturity that is gained through failure in order to make the most of your success when it does come. When you look at it like that, every failure is actually a blessing, especially when you ask God to make it one, and are thankful when it comes.
Have a great week, and God bless.