When Faith meets Fear
Fear knocked at my door, faith answered; and alas there was no one there’-John Mason
Every success story starts with a dream. I believe that dream is the mother of all inventions. Martin Luther king dreamt of a one America, Nelson Mandela dreamt of a South Africa free of Apartheid, the Wright brothers of car that can fly (aero plane) …, Henry ford dreamt of an automobile that is affordable for the middle class. Indeed, all inventors, entrepreneurs, legends, and icons were once dreamers….but do all dreamers end up being successful?
Yes, dreams are the first step to success, but between dreams and success, there is a step so important that without it, our dreams will never be a reality. Napoleon hill speaking about faith called it ‘the external elixir which gives life, power, and action to the impulse of thoughts!’ Faith is a deciding factor in every success story; it is the climax of our success story. The difference between dreamers who created a reality from their dreams and those who never achieve their success they dreamt about lies in these two words- faith and fear.
Like john mason rightly stated “faith is fear in reverse’ and the only antidote to fear is faith. I once read a tale about a guy who died and went to heaven. The man met an angel at heaven’s gate and engaged him in a conversation.
‘Mr. Angel, please tell me, who is the greatest inventor that ever lived’ the man asked.
The angel smiled and pointed to an old man sitting at a corner in heaven. The man was confused and repeated his question to the angel (because he thought the angel did not understand his question). Again, the angel smiled and pointed at the same old man. This time around, the man took spoke out in clear frustration to the angel.
“Angel, I knew this man on earth, he was a homeless beggar who lived off the little penny people gave him on daily basis. How then can you say he is the greatest inventor that ever lived?”
This time around, the angel answered the man “he would have been if he had lived out the vision he always dreamt about”
So many people are like this old man. So many people shy away from that future they dreamt about because of fear. Fear is a vision killer, and it springs along with it the seed of worry. It makes us look into the future with uncertainty. Fear makes us run away from things that aren’t after us. It halts our dreams with so many what if’s and assumptions.
We assume that our dreams are impossible to accomplish because we don’t want to face our fear of failure. When we don’t want to face our fear of rejection,we assume that the people won’t accept us. Our fear of criticism make us assume that people wont welcome our dreams.
We make assumptions when we don’t want to face our fears; but we cannot conquer our fears by looking for an escape route, or hiding behind assumptions. The only way we can overcome our fears is by confronting them with faith.
I used to have the fear of failure and mediocrity. My obsession to be the best made me see life in black and white; I either succeed, or I succeed- there was no room for a middle ground. As a child, I equated failure to failing in grades, and so I grew up telling myself that I would commit suicide the day I fail. You may think that I was being too extreme, but that was how I felt and so do a lot of people in this life. I have read stories of people who committed suicide after an incident in their lives, to which the tagged ‘failing’.
In my final year in the university, I found out that I had two carryovers from the courses I wrote in my second year. The worst part of the situation was that I found out about the carryover courses in the last semester of my final year. What this meant was that if by any chance I was not able to pass all my courses; the carryover courses included, I would be looking at an extra year in school.
I can still remember that day when I saw those carryover results, it was like confronting your worst fear; I could either chose to commit suicide like I said I would or face it. Most times, God allows those things we are afraid of to befall us, just so we would realize how strong we are. I believe that he allowed me to experience those failures, in other to make me understand life and me better.
Upon facing my greatest fear ‘failure’, I chose not to die, I chose instead to confront it. It wasn’t easy, but I studied extra hard (because I had to combine my normal courses with the lower courses I was to rewrite). I faced my fear of ‘what people will say’, my fear of the embarrassment, and my fear of failure; and guess what?-I came out stronger. I still thank God everyday for that little failure I experienced in school because it helped me understand that fears are just weak illusions.
Believe me, there are so many reasons why we should never give in to fear , above all being that fear is nothing but a weak illusion. It makes you see the worst in every situation, and the funny thing is that when you finally face that situation, you would be like ‘why was I even afraid in the first place?’ Don’t let fear rub you of your dreams. To become the best of you, you must believe…even when they everything around you screams fear…believe
Let’s hear your story…what is your biggest fear? Have there been times when you had to face your fears, what did you do?