For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline - 2 Timothy 1:7 NIV
When I was in the Army, I was challenged by the rigors of Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training, or AIT for short (this is where you learned your actual job that you signed up for). Toward the end of the period of AIT, we were asked if we wanted to have the opportunity to take part in a program where we could go to Jump School and learn to jump out of airplanes. This would allow us to become Airborne troopers with additional pay. Of course, I turned this opportunity down. One reason was my fear of heights. The second reason was because I was afraid to take the risks that were involved in the program. In other words, I was scared.
How many of us have been reluctant to accept an opportunity that would be beneficial for us and our family because we were afraid? How many times did we not feel that we had it within in us to accomplish the task so we declined to even make an attempt? For myself, it has happened more often that I am willing to admit. The feeling that you are left with as a man when you know that you shrank back from attempting something that could have been life changing for you and your family is something that can stay with you for a long time. This feeling can keep you from not attempting or recognizing future opportunities that may come your way. How do we overcome the reluctance to challenge ourselves and address the fear that sometimes accompany big goals and dreams? You need to realize where your power comes from and jump! Your parachute can never function properly if you are on the ground. You have to jump if you want it to operate. In order to feel the exhilaration that comes with attempting and succeeding, you have to try. There is no way around it, you are going to have to jump in order to have any opportunity at experiencing success. The choice is up to you.
The scripture above tells how our Father in heaven has given us the spirit to cast out fear. Because we are children of the Most High, there is no reason for us to operate in an environment where constant fear is present. We should not be timid when we are faced with the opportunity to accomplish something that God has called us to do. He has provided us with everything that we need in order to jump and have our parachute to open. Let us cast aside those feelings that restrain us from going out as men and doing what we have been called to do. Let's be examples to families and friends of what it's like to operate without fear.
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.