Fear paralyzes us from doing big things. It stops us from living the beautiful life waiting for us because we’re stuck in our own minds, worrying about the what-if’s.
If there’s a rallying cry for women, it’s this: We need to be fearless.
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) is super popular in our small town, and this year I have the privilege of being a group leader. Last night, as I got things ready for our MOPS meeting in the morning, I confessed to my husband that I wasn’t feelin’ it. I don’t fit in, I worried. Do they even like me? I’m not like them!
The lies we tell ourselves!
I’m so glad I didn’t let my doubts and comparisons and worries stop me from going this morning. We need community the most when fear rears its ugly head. Our guest speaker was Elizabeth Hagen and I feel like she spoke truth right to my heart. So, I want to share her wisdom about shedding self-doubt and stepping into something so much better.
3 Steps to Beng Fearless + Extraordinary
- Shake off the roadblocks. What’s holding you back? No one’s life is immune from obstacles, but that doesn’t mean we have to retreat and claim defeat. Whether something is physically or mentally holding you back from meeting your dreams, don’t let it stop you. About 85 percent of fears never come true — think of how many fears stopped you from living the story God has called you to live. Giving your problems a new perspective changes everything.
- Shed old rules. The messages, myths, and mores we’re bombarded with as women are invasive and overwhelming. Those expectations are toxic and real. I think Elizabeth said it best with this: “It’s important that we call the rules for what they are — lies.” Replace those toxic lies with life-giving truth.
- Surround yourself with support. It’s amazing what happens when you surround yourself with a community that supports you. When someone says, “I believe in you,” you can move yourself far beyond what you think you’re capable of.
Let’s fight the fear. Let’s stop listening to our various cultures’ + sub-cultures’ expectations (and exploitations) of who we should be. Let’s stop the comparisons and let’s find confidence in Christ. Let’s be fearless.
God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we’re free of worry on Judgment Day—our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s. There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love. 1 John 4:18, The Message
Let’s be women who take up residence in love, casting out fear and claiming identity of the risen king. And let’s do it together.
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