Just out of curiosity, I looked all the way back to the first post that I made to this blog, back in2012. Not surprisingly the quote that I used as inspiration for that first post was from the Jack’s Winning Words blog – “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” (Joseph Campbell)
In that first post I wrote about letting the fear of failure prevent one from even trying to do things that are important for success in business, like prospecting or cold calling.
The same is true of many of life’s decision points. It could be the fear of rejection and humiliation that prevents you from asking out the person of your dreams. Maybe it’s a fear of not feeling prepared or worthy that prevents you from volunteering to take on a leadership position within an organization. For most it is the fear of a possible failure that prevents them from even trying.
Yet we can read story after story of people that we hold up as examples of success having gone through failure after failure on their way to that success. What is the difference? They decided to enter that cave of fear of failure and hunt for the treasure therein.
Yesterday I posted here about being fearless by accepting God into your life. That post focused upon overcoming other fears in your life once you had conquered the fear of death by accepting the love of God and the promise of eternal life – see post.
That advice applies here as well. Many people lose that fearlessness of their faith when faced with day-to-day issues, especially those that deal with their jobs or with other people. Those caves all share the common fear of the unknown. What might happen if I fail at work and lose my job? What if that other person reacts badly to the massage I am about to deliver? What if I am rejected by that other person? What if? What if? What if? But those same cave also hold the treasures of a new friendship or the reward for a job well done or even a promotion. You’ll never know if you are too afraid to enter.
The wonderful inventiveness of our imaginations take us through all sorts of horrible scenarios. It is easy to lose sight of the presence of God in your life as those possibilities play out in your mind. Yet it is imperative that you keep touching that base for the assurance that you need to face the unknown. Keep reminding your self of Romans 8:31 – “If God is for us, who can be against us?”
So, face your fears and enter the caves that hold the treasures that you seek. You’ve got God with you. Perhaps that will bring to mind the saying that Mr. “T” used in the old TV show The “A” Team – “I pity the fool”, who goes up against you, with God at your side. Now doesn’t that make you feel better about entering the caves of your fears?
Put God in your heart and a smile on your face and get in those caves…there are treasures awaiting you.