"But I seem to be struck by you…"

My Pastor has been preaching about Fear Factor lately.  Not the show, though he uses the idea behind the show to launch the sermons, which is pretty cool.  So far he’s preached on “the childhood fear” aka fear of the dark, “the adult fear” aka fear of the unknown, and this past Sunday it was “the paralyzing fear” aka fear of failure.
What it boils down to, is that fear of failure leads to inaction.   Our fear paralyzes us, to the point we start thinking what’s the point?  God knows we will fail, He said so in Matthew 26:31.  “You will all fall away because of Me this night…” It’s going to happen.  We will fail at some point.  We will disappoint ourselves and God, but He knows this.  And He is not surprised.  But, as pastor pointed out, there is something worse than failing.  Not trying at all.

Mary Anaa Radmacher said, “Courage doesn’t always roar.  Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I’ll try again tomorrow.’

Peter failed epically.  But, Peter also walked on water.  He tried.  He wasn’t afraid to try, he was willing to step out on faith.   But God has a way of turning failure into strength.  He will turn your experiences into something that you can use to turn around and help others.

The moral of the story:

Don’t give up!

Don’t give in!

Don’t quit!