Sunday, July 28, 2013

I'm Afraid!

I spend much more time at home now.  As the weather heats up, I realize just how many lizards, frogs and creepy, crawly insects are waiting at my door to jump (literally) inside my house.  Do you blame them?

The nice AC is probably the biggest attraction to come in.  I sat on my favorite white couch a few days ago and noticed the most gigantic lizard.  I didn't yell for fear that he would run.  But, I calmly asked my son to, "come get it".  He just peered at it and said, "Mom, that lizard is too big for me to catch".  What the heck?  I was hoping to be rescued, by my son, from this huge lizard so I could finish reading my book.

The day went on, but rest assured, I kept my eyes on "the lizard". I wanted to make sure I knew his every move.  During every phone conversation, I was talking about "the lizard".  He never left from the windowsill and I was happy because my husband was coming home.  He would rescue me.  He truly has no fear when it comes to insects.

Why was I so afraid?  

The more I focused on "the lizard" the bigger it appeared.  I truly am significantly larger than that teeny, tiny lizard.  But, at that moment, my focus led me astray to feel this was the most mammoth creature I'd ever seen.  It all seems funny now, but I really wanted that dang thing out of my house.

If I surveyed all of you reading this post, you would probably agree with me. Sometimes we focus and make problems bigger than what they really are.  Where we focus our attention gains dominance and space in our minds.  Our job is to take each challenge as they come and place it into a rational perspective.

The book I'm currently reading is, "Expect to Win" by Carla A. Harris.  The lizard episode in my home happened moments before I read the following words from the book:

F.E.A.R = False Evidence of Things Appearing Real

Carla explains in her book that most likely what you are afraid of is not even real.  I can tell you, the lizard was really not as big as I described.  My husband came home and said, "This is what you were afraid of"?  He was appalled to think that I created so much chaos in our home for such a small innocent insect harmlessly looking for food.

Stop making your F.E.A.R bigger than your reality.  

You can never live life to it's fullest if you are tormented by fear.  Stop complaining about what you need, take a bold move and make it happen!  God can only help those who are willing to help themselves first.  The worst that can happen is you will fail.  Who cares?

Failure leads to success.  

"I can accept failure, everyone fails at something.  But I can't accept not trying".  
~Michael Jordan

When you fail, you gain valuable experience that you will use on your journey to destiny and success.  Heed the lessons you learn from failing.  Please stop living in the world of, "WHAT IF"?  That single question can thwart the purpose God has for your life.

Q:  Are you creating your own obstacles?  Are you riddled thinking about barriers that don't even exist?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions realize you are operating in F.E.A.R.  Launch out, take a bold move, don't be afraid of failure and watch the valuable experience you will gain from moving forward. Failure will just be a detour not a delay.  Aim High!  (Posted by Roslyn)


2 comments:

  1. I've had the same experience with a lizard in the house when I lived in S. FL. I was terrified and fearful. It was huge. I lived in fear for 2 days because my hubby didn't catch it. Everything scared me because in my head...it could be the lizard. Then in reappeared while I was using the bathroom. My initial reaction was to run..until I realized I was mid stream. When my hubby finally saw the lizard, he said it was a baby. I kinda fell silly after the fact. This is such a great post and an awesome analogy of how we allow our lives to be dictated by fear and we accept defeat. Thank you for such a wonderful reminder.

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    1. Oh my goodness Hope. What a story. Yikes! You had a reason to be scared. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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