You’re reading a God–Sized Dreams post. Each Tuesday, a team of God-sized dreamers writes on the progress of their dreams, spurred by the wisdom in Holley Gerth’s new book, You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream: Opening the Door to All God Has for You. For all my posts in this series, please click here. This week’s topic is: Write a letter that starts out, “Dear Chihuahua of Fear, I have some things I’d like to say to you…”
Dear Chihuahua of Fear,
I have some things I’d like to say to you…
First, you are a liar.
You bark ideas like:
You can’t do that!
Who do you think you are?
What will people think of you?
You will disappoint people.
You are failing.
What if you’re wrong?
You’ll ruin everything.
It’s a good thing I know where to find the Truth.
‘I am the way and the truth and the life.’ –John 14:6
‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.’ –Jeremiah 31:3
Second, you market in worst-case scenarios.
You’d have me believe:
People will abandon me.
I will be revealed as a horrible fraud of a person.
I will somehow cause irreparable damage to my children.
My efforts will end in shame and failure.
No one will care or notice me.
I will have no support.
But, see here, fear–I’ve got your game.
I know that worst-case rarely, if ever, happens.
And, if it did, I would survive.
‘The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.’ –Matthew 7:25
Third, I know your secret.
You are not the menace you seem to be.
Fourth, you don’t know my secret: I can do things scared.
It’s called courage.
Fortitude. Which is a cardinal virtue and gift of the Holy Spirit.
Lastly, remember this, fear…
My victory is already won. My job is to believe it and claim it.
On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. (Jesus) said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit‘. –John 20:19-22 (emphasis added)
You don’t stand a chance.
And you? Do you think the bark of fear is worse than its bite?
How do you combat fear?
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