Does Anyone Else Want To Overcome Fear?

I don’t know what I was thinking when I accepted Jon Acuff’s Start challenge a couple of weeks ago. Perhaps I was delusional.

He invited over 2,000 people to participate and over 200 accepted. I was one of them.

Each morning I get an inspirational email from Jon Acuff. I start my day off on the right foot, only to wind up with fear… in my face.

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Fear is relentless.

It tells me I’m no good. It tells me I am not a writer. It tells me to give up.

Jon Acuff tells me to punch fear in the face.

So, fear and I start going at it first thing in the morning. I wind up losing time and time again.

Fear harasses me when I wake up then bullies me all day long.

Forget about when I want to write… fear hurls its ugly insults at me.

Fear is a bully.

Friends, I can’t seem to beat fear. I keep trying to confront this bully, but fear keeps winning every time.

I’m inflated one moment then deflated the next.

I honestly wish I can overcome fear and win for once, instead of allowing it to overpower my life.

Ironically, the minute I committed to the Start challenge, my whole world turned upside down.

I don’t want to bore you with the details, but when I tell you this year has been full of changes, it’s an understatement.

They say change is good, but too many changes at one time is not. At least, not for me.

Fear is a torment, it stops my dreams and prevents me from doing anything worthwhile in my life.

Does anyone else want to overcome fear besides me?

  • Andrea Cumbo

    Oh, Pilar. I think every person doing anything risky faces fear. But yeah, we have to knock it out and move on. . . or if we can’t knock it out, we have to do what we need to do anyway.

    The only thing I know to do is to keep at it. . . every day. No matter what.

    • Wow! I have the honor of seeing you here. The woman I admire. Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment. I am honestly trying to push myself every day. Thank you, Andi. 🙂

  • Don’t let fear win. You have already conquered it in other areas of your life. You have a powerful story to share, and you are a fighter. Remember, there are seasons in life. This one seems to have more fear, but keep bringing it to the light. It fades when it is shown the light. Maybe also keep focusing on pairing the truth next to the fear. Are the fears you are writing down real? Is there a truth that combats it? Hang in there. I’m with Andi. Small steps, and one day at a time. That’s how you overcome it. Keep fighting, friend!

    • You get the award for being the best and top encourager on earth. I love you sis. Thank you so much for this comment. It means a lot.

  • Pilar, you KNOW fear is a struggle I combat often too. It seems like I learn it and conquer it in one area and another one comes up…it’s like a vicious game of Whack A Mole! Just keep walking through it, friend!

    • You are way ahead of me. And it gives me hope and encourages me. I am so happy to watch all that God is doing in your life. Keep on going. Don’t ever give up. Hugs.

  • Pilar,
    You are doing an great thing here, by telling us you are afraid. Fear hates community — don’t miss the fact you are punching fear in the face just by posting this.

    How can I encourage you to keep going, keep striving, keep pushing, keep fighting?

    • You encourage me by being you. Thank you for your friendship.