Lies Fear Told Me


Confession: When babysitting, I sometimes bribe children with candy I don’t actually have. “If you can be good for the rest of the day, I’ll give you a piece of candy.” A few months ago, I took on the task of babysitting SEVEN whole children. I know, I’m crazy. The night got so chaotic that I told the rowdy pack, “Hey! If you all sit, and watch this movie until your parents get home, I’ll go to the store and bring back lollipops.” They all obliged, and the parents were shocked to find them all seated, quieted, and zoned into the movie. I refused to share my secret.Them the next day when chatting with one of the moms, she informed me that her son told her someone was going to the store to get suckers. BUSTED! But it worked. Their sweet little minds really believed that suckers lied behind their good behavior, and I got them to do what I wanted them to. I’d say it was a win!

This little trick of mine reminds me of a similar one that was played on me far too many times. Except nothing good came out of this one. Rather than a trick, it was a trap baited with the lies fear told me.

They won’t like you.

You’ll make a fool of yourself.

You aren’t enough.

No one likes you.

You don’t fit in.

You will fail.

You’re scared, so you don’t have to do it.

For years, and years, and years, I loved with these lies embedded in my in my head. Fear got into my mind, and convinced me that danger always lied ahead. I lived. My life completely afraid. If fear told me not to do it, I wasn’t doing it.

And then one day it hit me. Like those lollipops, fear had tricked me into doing what it wanted me to do. So I made the decision to ignore the lies fear told me, and to live out the truth God speaks over me.

I love you.

There is nothing you could do that could make me love you less.

You are more than enough.

You are loved beyond measure.

You are accepted.

I have already won.

DO IT SCARED.

When we live in fear’s lies, we allow them to drown out God’s truth. But how do we distinguish between the two? Here’s a little hint. God will never call you less than or not enough. Nor will He ever talk you out of your elevation. 

Fear is a liar. A liar that has been BUSTED!

5 comments

  1. Yes! There is so much truth in this!!

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  2. I love this! Such an inspiring post and so true

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  3. I love the candy trick for baby sitting and I lesson you learned from it!

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  4. LOVE this, Fear is a liar that has all held hostage, Once we realize that it is a lie, we acquire freedom to be ourselves.

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  5. What an inspirational post. (And I am not going to lie, I used the “I gave you candy” in the past myself)

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