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{Lessons Learned} Sometimes You Need to Do It Scared

Posted on: August 15th, 2013 by Laurie Coombs 3 Comments

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“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9

“Follow peace,” I was told. It sounds like good advice. It’s a nice sentiment, and it certainly sounds spiritual. But I’ve learned that, sometimes, peace doesn’t show up until later. Sometimes you need to do it scared. [Tweet that] And boy, was I scared. I had just contacted a murderer––one that had spent close to a decade in prison at that point––and I had anything but peace in my heart.

Perhaps he’s really good at conning people, I thought. What if he deceives me? What if I’m led astray?

Fears flooded my mind. But I knew what I heard. I knew what God was calling me to do. This was God’s will and Jesus’ direction. I was sure of that.

I prayed for a word from God to ease my mind and was given Psalm 23. The words tasted sweet as they went down, easing my fear-ridden mind.

You prepare a table before me

in the presence of my enemies;

you anoint my head with oil;

my cup overflows. – Psalm 23:5

I’ve got you, Jesus said. And the fears ceased.

I didn’t know what God was up to––I didn’t know why He was leading me down this path––but I knew my God was going before me. And that’s all I needed to know.

Has God ever called you to face your fears? Share in the comments.

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  • Mark Allman

    Laurie,

    I do not think being afraid is a bad thing. There are things we should be concerned about. Fear should not drive us. We should be driven by what we know is right to do and do those things. We should not base ethical decisions on what the consequence of the decision will be. We need to make the choice we believe in and then let the consequences be what they may. We may need to prepare for them but we should not let our fear of them decide our actions. At times fear drives me to do a better job in preparation so it is not always bad.

    I think even in the midst of fear we can have peace if we know we are choosing wisely.