How many times do you tell yourself that you can’t do something? Worse than that, how often do you tell yourself something bad will happen if you attempt something new? I have good news for you; you CAN do those things, even the ones that you are so fearful of doing.
It’s time now for you to begin conquering those fears. I used to be afraid of lizards. I remember when I first moved to a rural setting, a small little tree lizard had the nerve to come into my house. MY HOUSE! Eeek. My son was about 5 years old and wanted to keep the creature in my house. What? He was too afraid to catch it, so he wanted me to catch it. Being the smart city girl that I was, I mustered up all the bravery in the world and marched over to that lizard and grabbed him by the tail and voila, there he was, um, wait, where’d he go, and how do I have – EWWWWWWWWWWWWWW – I have a tail in my hand. Who knew those silly little tree lizards can detach their tails as a defense mechanism when a crazed mom is trying to catch it for her young child. All right little lizard, you aren’t going to get the best of me. I tried again, only this time I was smart enough to get a glass jar to contain the gigantic 2 inch creature. Whew – that was enough fear conquering for one lifetime, but wait…there’s more – What more? Well, if you’re going to have a lizard, you’re going to need to feed it. So I asked around and was told you feed lizards crickets. That’s easy enough. Where do I find these crickets? At the bait shop. Ok, cool, so I’ll just go to the bait shop and buy a bag of this cricket food for the lizard right?
Let me tell you other city folks, if you’ve never been in a bait shop, you simply MUST go. First, when you walk in the door, they’ll recognize you as a city girl, and first thing they’ll say is, “You’ve never been in a bait shop before have you?” That obvious? Anyway, yes, first time in a bait shop and I apparently need to buy some crickets. The gentleman asks if I want a half sleeve or a whole sleeve. I’m not really sure but it’ll be fine to just start out with a few, you know, whatever the smallest bag is. Then the guy drops the bomb on me – the crickets are LIVE – What??? Living creatures to feed to my living creature lizard? But wait, if I get live crickets, how do I feed them to the lizard? Well, you put your hand in the little cage and you pull one or two out WITH YOUR HAND and put them in with the lizard.
Um, really? You want me to stick my hand in a bucket with a hole in it and move around these live crickets that are moving and might touch me and take one or two out and feed this lizard. Well, I think it’s about time to let the lizard go should have been my answer, but no, trying to be the good mommie, I bought the crickets and their house and I learned to stick my hand in the cage and get a few out at a time and feed the little lizard. You know what? Now, not only can I do all that, but I can even catch a lizard and let it crawl up my arm. I know the different genders of these little lizards. When I moved to a new house and a skink (another type of lizard for my city friends) ran across my foot, I didn’t even jump or scream or run away or burn the house down or anything.
Now if I can conquer fears of lizards, crickets, skinks, and tree frogs (yeah, that’s a whole ‘nother post), I think you can conquer your fear of going back to school, or asking someone out, or even going out to eat by yourself. It won’t kill you, it’ll only make you stronger, and I should know; I survived moving out of the city!
2 Timothy 1:7New King James Version (NKJV)
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.