One of the big issues in the church is fear. We fear uncertainty, we fear the future, we fear failure. We have to have everything planned out, and everything has to go according to detail. We don't do things if we think we can't accomplish it. We are scared to take risk, we are afraid to do something if there is any doubt of accomplishing it.
Going into the Ironman, there is plenty of doubt. Lots of people have doubted me. I doubt myself at times. But I do not fear it, cause God's word says, "Perfect Love drives out fear". I don't have to worry about not finishing, cause I have failed before, I will fail again, but no matter what, God still Loves me! He will Love me no matter what happens. That is perfect Love!
This Love should drive us to take risk, to step into the future without worry of what's next. Knowing God's unfailing Love should drive us to attempt big things, because no matter what happens He will Love us.
I say this, yet to many times I myself don't believe it. God says He takes care of the birds and animals, yet I find it hard to believe that He Loves me as much as them. We see ourselves as unloveable at times. We let our experiences with others dictate our relationship God. But what we forget is that God's relationship and Love for us is Perfect! We must take hope in this, cause God's Love MUST be enough, or else we have nothing. If we do not accept God's perfect Love, our hearts will always long for something more. Easy to say, hard to do. It starts with accepting God's Love, and once we have done this, we no longer have to fear anything. Allow yourself to be Loved and fear no more!