Once upon a time, a man went to a fortune teller, curious to know what she would say about his future.
The fortune teller looked into her crystal ball, and her facial expression said it all. She advised him that it would be better if he did not know but he insisted she told him.
She went on to tell him that he would die in a bus accident, and it would happen within the next two or three months. “Why? When? How?
“That I can not say,” she replied.
On the journey home, he was depressed and worried, telling himself how he had never really believed in fortune tellers.
After two months, the thought started to play on his mind every day. He became very anxious and wanted to make sure he avoided the prediction. So hired someone to run his business for a couple of months, as he decided a good plan would be to lock himself in his house where he wouldn’t come close to any buses.
Another three weeks past.
He got up one morning put the coffee on and went to feed his dog outside as usual. On the step his little son had left some of his toys, as he went to step over them he stepped on a little toy bus, fell and hit his head and died instantly.
This is a fictional story to illustrate an important message; sometimes we can be too careful, thinking that we can avoid the thing that we fear. We fear to be adventurous; we fear to do anything new; we fear to take a risk.
Most people think they’re not destined to do anything amazing, so they sit back in mediocrity. Tortured in later years with regret.
We all have a unique gift that we can use to enrich other peoples lives. Don’t let fear hold you back from fulfilling your destiny.
Live every day to the fullest. God rewards action, God rewards faith and often the biggest risk that you can take is to play it safe and not go after what you want.
So this week get out there, create your destiny, show God that there is no fear in your heart and watch the favour that flows into your life.
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Fear can take many forms. Fear to you could be a natural disaster or an economic collapse, something significant that will affect your life and those around you.
But fear to some can be as severe as unable to be alone or afraid of people; unable to fit in with others.
It’s very easy to imagine how fear can mould and shape lives.
What most people do to overcome their fears is to avoid the situation that causes the fear. This method can be effective but doesn’t solve the problem. In effect, all it does is make your world smaller.
When fear is limiting your life, you must face it.
At first, this can seem daunting, maybe even causing anxiety, but this is where faith comes in.
When I was younger, I was bullied at my part-time job. Then, one day on the way to work I got a mild panic attack. The next weekend I phoned in sick and told my doctor what was going on, and she wrote work-related stress on the sick note, telling me it was something I had to face. I agreed.
However, the thought that I had to face management to discuss the matter just escalated my anxiety, so I didn’t go back.
I didn’t go near the area of town where I worked as I feared meeting the people that I worked with, I didn’t want to explain to them why I left.; I felt that I was somehow responsible for the abuse. Bullying affects everyone differently.
Many other personal problems hit me around the same time, so I decided to go to see a counsellor.
As we got into conversation, he spoke about reading the Bible 2-3 times a year; he talked about it with so much passion that I started to read it myself. And the more I read, the more my faith grew within. Knowing that God is with us at all times helped me to surrender to His will.
I realised that I had let fear escalate the problem. By avoiding the part of town I used to work I was giving fear control of my life.
When I started to return to the places I used to go many of the people that I worked with didn’t even recognise me, others just said hi. Fear had built up a story that was not close to reality.
Fear makes problems more significant than they are.
Faith and fear are simply vibrations. One has positive energy the other negative.
When a lot of negative things happen, it is easy to get into a negative vibration, and it may seem like you will never get out, but when you work on your faith daily, it will give you the ability to change a negative vibration to a positive one.
Faith is simple, yet we like to make it complicated.
Now I’m not saying that it is simple to make prayer and devotion a part of your day, but if you can make it a habit, then you will see massive results.
Ask God to give you the desire and discipline to spend time with Him each day.
A simple practice that has worked well for me during busy times is to take 30-60seconds during the day. Close your eyes for 30-60seconds now. Listen to the world around you and feel the presence of God.
This practice sounds almost too simple to have an impact, but do it often, and within a short time you will see and feel the difference in your life.
I wish you a stress-free week. Take a step of faith today.
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Thanks for your time.
Rev J Martin