“The Spirit God gave us does not make us afraid. His Spirit is a source of power and love and self-control.”
I’m easily distracted. Every single noise, movement and even my own thoughts will break my concentrations. I can be thinking about one thing and one word will take me to another thought which will lead me to another thought and so on. Next thing I know I’m way off from what I was doing. Does that ever happen to you?
During my college days I rarely studied in the library because there were just too many people. I would often find myself studying on my bed to the sound of my own voice. Repeating out loud what I was studying in order to grasp the information as well as stay focused. When it came to writing formal papers my distractions seemed as if it had gotten even worse. I would write a few lines, think it out in my mind and start drifting from focusing on the paper to thinking about other things. Eventually, I would put the paper off until the very last minute. Forcing myself to write.
As I continued my college journey I started to realize that my lack of focus wasn’t just because I couldn’t stay focused. With all the thoughts constantly flowing through my mind I could have written many papers. My lack of focus came from fear of failure. I became so easily distracted. Thinking about things like: “Is this paper good enough?” Will the professor understand what I’m trying to say?” “What grade will I receive?” All these thoughts constantly ran through my mind when it was time for me to write. Fear of failure when writing is still an issue for me but I press on.
Fear can be paralyzing if we allow it to. Many people will put off projects because of fear of failure. You may have an idea to start your own business but the fear of failure has crept in. “Will people want my product?” Is just among the many thoughts that run through your mind. We allow the fear of failure to hold us back from doing things that we know we need to do. “I’ll start exercising tomorrow.” “I’ll start saving money tomorrow.” “I’ll start eating better tomorrow.” “I’ll do this and do that tomorrow.” Has fear taken your focus? Let’s get it back.
Today’s text are words of encouragement spoken by a guy named Paul to a guy named Timothy. Both Paul and Timothy were warriors and preachers of Christ. Paul was older than Timothy and acted as his mentor. Timothy at times would become distracted in preaching Christ. He experienced push back from believers and non believers. They questioned his leadership because he was young. Overall, he had fears like you and like me. However, Paul was confident that Timothy would do well just as long as he focused on the Spirit that God had given him. Timothy just needed to be reminded that the Spirit living in him qualified him for what God had called him to do. No more did he need to worry about what people said or thought about him. Perhaps Paul also reminded him of the Old Testament scripture. “The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.” Proverbs 29:25
Don’t allow fear of what others think paralyze you from doing what God has called you to do. Read today’s text again. That is your reminder not to fear. Not to fear living for God. Not to fear speaking about God. Not to fear failure. What do you need to refocus on? #LivingTheLife