“Joash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord all the years Jehoiada the priest instructed him.”
– 2 Kings 12:2
As we use fear and stress to our advantage, be assured there is a way to be relieved of the fear. I shared the Biblical philosophy of using fear and stress for our benefit with my friend, Chris. He knew I’m familiar with the book “The Art of War,” so he told me about a great book called “The War of Art.” This is an excellent title by a famous script writer and novelist, Steven Pressfield. He discusses the exact idea I covered yesterday: Resistance — an idea that many philosophers discuss, but Pressfield illustrates it more effectively than anyone else.
This fear… he calls it resistance. Pressfield says it’s like a person is standing in the way of what you’re supposed to do. You must name it, call it out, defeat it, and be professional. Sit down and do the work. Lean into what is uncomfortable. He goes on to say that the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we need to do it. That’s exactly right. There are things you want to do, and you are called and born to do, and also things you’re afraid of doing. The more scared you are, the more you must do!
Friend, step into what you are called to do and just relieve yourself of the fear. At the very least, it will give you a sense of accomplishment when you look in the mirror and respect yourself and say: I am the kind of person who has the courage to do things I want to do, despite my fear. That is the kind of person you are, and I am very proud of you. It’s already happening. You’re already doing it. Keep up the good work!
Father, help me to lean into what is uncomfortable.
Are you stepping into what you are called and born to do?
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