Afraid: Write31Days

Afraid Write31 Days

The prompt Kate used for today is “afraid.” Let the five minutes of writing begin.

I think that there is fear and then there is afraid. Fear can be a healthy thing. It lets us know when we are in harm’s way. If you see a snake with its rattles shaking, there’s a good reason to fear. Out in an open field during a lightning storm? Fear.

Afraid is different to me. Afraid means that you’re not fully living your life. Afraid is less about safety and more about consequences, at least for me.

My story is punctuated by afraid. Big exclamation points of it throughout.

The latest, in a long list of afraids, is that I’ve learned I’m afraid of success. The consequences of success are additional responsibilities and expectations. Knowing what to do next. Letting down the people I love.  I’m seeing this particularly in the business I’ve recently started. When I was doing what I do for friends and family, with no expectations of myself, it was fun.

The remedy for this “afraid” is my trust in God.  He has shown Himself to be faithful in all things. If He calls me to an endeavor of any sort — if HE calls me — then I do not need to be afraid of the consequences. There might be failure. There are lessons to be learned there. There might be success. There are even more lessons to be learned there.

Romans 8:28 is the answer to my afraid.

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. (NASB)

What’s to be afraid about with that promise?

13 thoughts on “Afraid: Write31Days”

  1. I use to think that being afraid of success was not a thing… ha, now I know. I wonder if it’s because before I didn’t really have any skin in the game so to speak, it was just a thought… at any rate, tying God’s promises to our daily lives and our effort is a good way to get rid of some of the fear. 🙂 I look forward to reading more from you.

    • Thanks for the visit, Maxine! Yes, fear of success is definitely a thing. I think most of us know what to do in the event of failure. Success is a whole new adventure for some of us!

  2. Ah yes… fear of failure we all hear about… but to be afraid of success is just as real! I know for me, it all boiled down to Change… if I succeed at something, it will require a change in me and all around me… so my first step to overcoming the hesitation to go for something new was learning to embrace change! Great post!

    • Thank you, Karrilee, for the visit and the comment. Isn’t it funny how we societally accept failure and are almost okay with it but success scares us? Our very good Father did not make us that way!

  3. Shelby,
    I LOVE this and I can RELATE – “Afraid is less about safety and more about consequences, at least for me.” And I love your antidote: Romans 8:28. With that truth “afraid” doesn’t have to keep us paralyzed from appropriate actions. We can do them even if we are afraid. Good reminder for me this week.
    Some good thoughts here. And you have good insight as well. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Shelby, this is such a good post! I like how you differentiate between afraid and fear. You’re right, there is a healthy fear that is good for us and we need that. You speak for many of us, I think, with your description of afraid: “Afraid means that you’re not fully living your life. Afraid is less about safety and more about consequences, at least for me.” We are sometimes afraid to trust God with our writing or other ventures, but if He calls us we don’t need to worry, because it’s all in His hands. 🙂 Thank you for this reminder. Blessings and love to you, dear Shelby. xo

  5. Your thoughts reminded me of the Lauren Daigle song “I will trust in You.” Thank you for the reminder of the one I need to run to when I feel afraid.

  6. Your definition of afraid resonates with me. Sometimes I think I’m afraid to succeed because it means I have to experience rejection. You’ve given me things to think about.

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