Hellloooooo! How are you doing today? Are you having a really great day or a not-so-great day? Relax. I have a story to share with you.
A few evenings ago, I stepped into the bathroom to have a bath. Routine procedure. Nothing out of the ordinary. Except that there was no light and the bathroom I chose is detached from the main building and built close to the fence. I can imagine you thinking, “Okay… what happened next?”
Well, as I prepared to bathe, I felt fear and caution. I wondered if any rodent or reptile was lurking in the corner, waiting to pounce on me. I looked behind the door, straining to see in the darkness. I searched every corner, glanced furtively at the walls and contemplated leaving the door open for an easy escape. Then something happened. I heard something.
Fear not. I almost dismissed it because it was so tiny. But you probably know the Biblical phrase, “Once has God spoken, twice have I heard…” I paused to ponder what I had heard and even when I doubted the sincerity of the voice, I asked myself if the enemy of my soul would tell me not to be afraid. Long story short, I shut the door and had a refreshing bath. No rodent or reptile appeared. My previous fears were baseless.
Yesterday, while discussing the state of the nation with my uncle, I felt that same fear. How would my business thrive in 2017? Will the economy break down irretrievably? Since I do not sell life-and-death products like food, will I have any clients? How will we survive as a nation? These and many questions crossed my mind. Then I remembered, “Fear not.”
Dear friend, 2016 is sliding rapidly to its end and 2017 is already in sight. In less than a week, we will be embracing friends and family with loving arms and hopeful smiles saying, “Happy New Year.” Yet, I can see the slight tremor in your heart every time you talk or think about 2017.
Given everything that has gone wrong so far and which will still go wrong as December gives way to January, you have every reason to be worried. There’s so much to worry about- your finances, your security, your health, your job/business. So much. And if you have a family to fend for, your worries are even more validated.
It’s that simple. Fear not.
Now more than ever, you need to shield your heart, emotions, thoughts and actions with faith. Now more than ever, you need to pay more attention to your dreams and none to your fears. Now more than ever is the time to march forward relentlessly in pursuit of your dreams.
The worse the appearances around you, the greater your chances at improving your life. Yes, you may need to spend less but that does not mean you should anticipate or fear lack. Rather, it means that you should be more attuned to opportunities around you.
2017 will birth new dreams, new goals, new opportunities, new challenges and much more.What you do with these is a function of the level to which you will allow fear rule you. The world belongs to those who are courageous, not the cowardly.
Dear friend, I say to you today as I say to myself- FEAR NOT.
Again, I say, FEAR NOT.
Finally, I say, FEAR NOT.