So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. Luke 15:20   

Many have been paralyzed by the fear of “what if …” which has prevented them from taking any step in life. Many have not been able to move forward in life simply because of not knowing how it will turn out. They become paralyzed by fear of the unknown.

We started talking about the young man in the scripture above last week. Here’s a guy that messed up badly. He made a move that cost him everything he had. Now, he could have remained where he was; languishing in serious poverty and lack. He could have ended up regretting and lamenting the bad move he made in life. But he summoned the courage and made the leap of his life.

Surprisingly he got the greatest shock of his life. The father he thought would kill him received him very warmly. The punishment he thought he would get was met with celebration. The rejection and cold shoulder he thought he would receive was met with acceptance and restoration.

Friend, you wouldn’t know until you try. Sometimes our own fear could lie to us. Our own feelings could deceive us. That’s why we don’t base all our decisions on our feelings.

Is there a decision you’re afraid of the outcome? Is there someone you’re not sure how they will treat you? Is there a test you dread the result? Well, you never can tell until you try.

Fear grows in ignorance and darkness. I read this in a post by Don Joseph Goewey of an experiment or research that was conducted some time ago:

“85 percent of what subjects worried about never happened, and with the 15 percent that did happen, 79 percent of subjects discovered either they could handle the difficulty better than expected, or the difficulty taught them a lesson worth learning. This means that 97 percent of what you worry over is not much more than a fearful mind punishing you with exaggerations and misperceptions.

This week, I pray you’ll receive the courage to make that move, call that person or visit that fellow.