During the month of October, I’m following along with Edie & Ruth on their 31 Days of Less & More journey. I’d love for you to join in by reading the posts and completing the projects, or just sit back and read along each day.
All my life, I’ve battled fear and insecurity. I’ve worried what people would think. I’ve thought in worst case scenarios. I’ve feared the unknown, the known, and the might happen. In the process, I’ve wasted a lot of time and energy on fear.
In the last few years, God has been bringing people around me who are challenging me to stop living in fear and start living in faith. Fear paralyzes. Faith frees.
Punching fear in the face has been a very stretching experience. It’s not been a one-time thing, either (oh, how I wish it were that easy!). I’ve had to get up and go face the fear monsters over and over again.
But each and every time that I step outside my comfort zone and confront my fears, there’s been rich rewards. And it’s been every bit worth it.
“You can choose courage or you can choose comfort. But you can’t choose both.” -Brene Brown
Courage doesn’t require a lack of fear; it just requires a willingness to act in spite of fear. You have to get up, make that phone call, knock on that door, send that email, walk onto that stage, take that first step, or stay when you want to run.
It will feel uncomfortable. It might make your heart race. It might be painful. But in the end, choosing courage over fear is always the right choice.
In fact, the more you exercise your courage muscle, the stronger it will become. And I promise that it will bring you a sense of fulfillment and excitement that you’ll never experience if you stay stuck cowering in fear.
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