As a Christian business owner there may be obstacles in your path that scare you stiff. And when you’re scared stiff, you don’t move. And when you don’t move in business, you’re quickly replaced. And when you’re quickly replaced, that means your business is gone and so are your profits and hopes and dreams.
That may be a little farfetched, but only a little. The truth is that fear prevents you from taking the necessary steps in your business to succeed. Sometimes we fear success. Sometimes we fear failure. Sometimes we fear criticism. Sometimes we fear just for the sake of fearing. No matter the source, the result is the same; nothing. In the next few minutes I’m going to show you two ways to eradicate fear so you can take the steps necessary to live the life God has called you to live.
A Lesson From A Lieutenant
When I enlisted in the United States Coast Guard I was a 19 year old kid from Ohio. I moved to Myrtle Beach when I was 16, so I didn’t really have a lot of experience on the ocean. While underway somewhere in the Caribbean, our ship (the Coast Guard Cutter “Bear”), ran into a pretty big storm. The swells in the ocean exceeded 15-20 feet. (If you can’t picture 15-20 feet, just go to a one story house and look at the highest point. That’s about 15 feet).
The Cutter Bear is 270 feet long. Yet in the ocean, anything seems small. And our ship was taking a beating. Waves were viciously crashing over the aft of the ship and taking whatever was in its path. 50 gallon drums of fuel were taken along with whatever wasn’t tied down. Not only that, as I stood on the flight deck watching this take place, I could see the ship twist. It was scary watching the piece of steel I was floating on in the middle of the ocean twist like a piece of clay in a child’s hands. The ship was taking 30 degree rolls from side to side. It was hard to stand AND hard to watch. To say the least, this boy from small town Ohio was a little freaked out.
But what was really freaky to me was the calm look on my Lieutenant’s face during it all. There he stood, smoking a cigarette with a smile on his face. I looked at him with astonishment. “How could he be so calm”, I asked myself. “After all, doesn’t he know we’re about to die?”
So I asked him, “Sir, you seem so calm. Aren’t you worried about the ship?”
His answer: “No. When I was in officer training school, I learned that this ship can take 90 degree rolls without capsizing. I know all about this ship. I assure you, you have nothing to worry about.”
You see, there was no reason for me to worry. There was no reason to be afraid. After I learned more about the situation, there was no reason to fear it.
The First Lesson
Learn about the situation. Don’t fear it. Once you understand the situation fully, odds are you’ll no longer be afraid.
What Does The Bible Say About Fear?
In 2 Timothy 1:7, it reads: “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” And in Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” And in 1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” There are more scriptures pertaining to fear and you are welcome to look them up. However, the three I quoted are very powerful.
As you can see, we are given a spirit of power and love, not fear. God didn’t make you to be a sheepish person. He created you to be a powerful loving one. God gives us strength when we are weak. God is love. And as the Bible teaches, there is no fear in love.
The Second Lesson
After doing some extensive studies on fear, I have concluded that fear is from the Devil. If you are fearful of something in your business (or life), odds are that something will help a lot of people. You may even make their lives happier or better in some way. And the Devil doesn’t want that. He’ll put everything in your path to stop you; including unwarranted fears.
The next time you are feeling fearful in your business or life, pray about it and ask for God’s help in the matter. Then do some research on the topic so you are more knowledgeable about the situation. Then act! Because the only real way to conquer your fears, are to do the things that scare you. Once you do the thing you fear, you’re no longer afraid of it.
Until next time,