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?