Say You’re Scared
(When You Are)
Those who succeed at anything big in life, do so in spite of their fear. Not because they had none.
There’s always some kind of fear we are trying (with varying degrees of success) not to feel: fear of failure, fear of loss, fear of feeling powerless, ineffective, being misunderstood, or ignored. Fear that you will never achieve what you set out to, or fear that you won’t maintain what you have achieved.
Acknowledging and expressing our fears to someone else can be especially challenging. That’s unfortunate because,
whether you know it or not, God has almost certainly put at least one person in your life who’d relish the opportunity to listen—and to share some of the burden with you.
It’s a crazy kind of unexpected miracle that happens when we name our fears in the presence of someone who cares:
The fear shrinks dramatically.
It’s a Gift
No, your circumstances don’t necessarily change, but the subtly paralyzing grip of terror, intimidation, or anxiety
is lessened considerably, simply by speaking up—with an uncharacteristic kind of transparency—to the God-given
friend you’ve been treating like a mere acquaintance.
It’s a win-win situation: You gain their empathy and understanding (advice NOT required). And your confidant
receives the honor of an invitation into a part of your soul that was previously off-limits to them.
It’s better to have a partner than go it alone…
And if one falls down, the other helps. –
Eccl. 4:9,10 (Message)