I think it is vital for everyone to evaluate what direction their life is headed. Lately, I've thought about what propels our lives.
Fear is one of the top motivating factors for decisions in life. Even in ministry. We come up with reasons why we can or cannot move forward. We can easily build a prison of fear around our lives where every thought, decision and conversation is crippling.
"I don't know if that is possible."
"But...what if this happens."
"What if I fail?"
"I don't have all of the answers"
Many times in my life I have fallen into a pit of fear. Sometimes our fear is surface fear that comes and goes like the wind, but other times deep rooted fear holds us hostage to the mediocrity of the day. We choose not to talk about it. It becomes a secret. We harbor fear in our soul to the point that we quit dreaming. I have experienced this many times. I'm sure you have as well.
How do we break free from fear and move into faith?
1) Realize that faith isn't faith unless it takes more than your own strength to accomplish it. If our life as a Christ-follower is all about doing what everyone else is doing then we will experience no change or difference.
2) Ask God to replace fear with faith.
"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline." 2 Timothy 1:7
"We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." 2 Corinthians 10:5
3) Never stop dreaming.
Instead of finding reasons, "why" something can't happen, ask the better question, "why not?" Nobody in human history has ever done anything monumental by choosing to stop dreaming. We have the power that raised Jesus from the dead living inside of us as Christ-followers! Follow His strength to lead your life and never allow fear to motivate your life, because God's perfect love casts out fear.