What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?
Would your outlook on life change?
Would you adjust your daily routine?
Would you make plans to go after your dream?
Would you start today?
For a lot of people, the fear of failure is so paralyzing that it keeps them from even going after what they want.
To avoid the risk of failure, they just don’t try at all.
The word “failure” is one of the most terrifying words in the human language.
Think about the “failing” economy, a “failing” marriage, or “failing” grades.
Think about failing to fulfill your dreams…
I can see how that could be pretty scary (and depressing).
It’s no surprise to me that the fear of failure is listed among the top ten worst human fears.
The list includes public speaking, rejection, disapproval, making mistakes, and death. These are just a handful of over 2000 fears and phobias identified by psychologists as part of the human experience.
But did you know we are born into this world with just two basic fears?
These are the fear of loud noises and the fear of falling.
If we are born into this world with just two basic fears, then all other fears must be learned. In other words, we are not born with a fear of failure!
Of course, I understand life has a way of hitting us on the head. It happens to all of us. In fact, it’s been happening since the beginning of time.
When God came to commune with Adam in Genesis 3, Adam was hiding because he was afraid.
“And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.
Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”
So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” — Genesis 3:8-10 (NKJV)
Now, God didn’t call out to Adam because He couldn’t find him. God knew exactly where Adam was hiding.
Instead, God was asking a rhetorical question – a spiritual question.
And God’s question to Adam is applicable to us today.
Picture for a moment God asking you, “Where are you?”
Where are you in your spiritual walk?
Where are you in your relationships?
Where are you with your goals for the future?
Now fill in the blank, “Where are you in your ______?”
Are afraid to walk into your destiny?
Let me share a secret with you.
If you fail to act because you fear to fail, then you guarantee failure.
And that’s what the enemy wants!
The enemy wants to keep you paralyzed by fear to rob you and keep you from you the victorious life God has planned for you. It’s the oldest trick in the book. But I have good news!
Your scariest moments can be your greatest opportunities!
Some of my scariest moments have given me my greatest opportunities.
When the Lord called me to pastor this church eight years ago (after my dad unexpectedly went on to be with the Lord), it was a scary moment.
While the enemy was working double time to paralyze me with fear, God was inviting me to begin one of the most exciting journeys of my life.
We are where we are today because we faced our fears and walked into our destiny, but we didn’t do it alone.
The Lord Himself went before us and He has been with us. He has never left nor forsaken us.
He hasn’t forsaken you either.
“For God has not given [you] a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” –- 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)
Through Christ, you can do all things (and that is no exaggeration).
So why not start today?
Let me ask you this way…
What are you going to do now that you know you cannot fail?
How is your outlook on life going to change?
How are you going to adjust your daily routine?
What plans will you make today to go after your dream?
Start right now.