September 7, 2019
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
In Matthew 25, we read the parable of the talents. When the master who had distributed the talents came to see the stewardship of those talents, one fearful man had taken his talent and hidden it in the ground. It did not go well for him.
You may have a buried talent, but you’ve been covered up by the sinister minister of fear, who keeps you from achieving your dreams. You say, “But what if I fail?” You can be so afraid of making a mistake that your entire life will be a mistake. The fear of failure keeps so many from competing that they never even get in the race. They just lose by default!
Sir Walter Scott was called a “dunce” by his teachers. Napoleon Bonaparte was next to last in his military class. Thomas Edison’s teacher said he was too “addled or mentally ill” to learn anything. Walt Disney was fired as a cartoonist because the newspaper said he couldn’t draw! It’s not bad to fail. We all will fail. But may God deliver you from the spirit of failure, which is a spirit of fear.