Fear: “an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.”
Fear controls many aspects of our day-to-day lives. Whether you like it or not, you base your actions and those around you off of some extent of fear and rationality. While this may be of some benefit for survival, many of these thoughts are often improbable and irrational.
The FEAR acronym confronts the fears of failure and dissatisfaction in your life by sidestepping fear altogether. How is this possible? Well, rather than basing our lives off of fear and the approval of others, we are going to base it off a support network of success and accountability.
This acronym may work forwards and backwards, in or out of sequence. While this may be true as life throws many curve balls, it is best to try and start from the beginning and work your way letter by letter.
Fruit is possibly the least excepted word to follow the first letter of FEAR. Many would expect exciting words such as “fortitude” “forward” or “fulfilment.” The word “fruit” is subtle and vague but it has the most important meaning of all the letters.
We must examine the lives that we are leading, physically, mentally and spiritually. The outpouring or “fruit” of our lives are made evident in every aspect we live. Whatever life you live, will be evident by your actions and the words that you say to one another.
Live a life full of quality fruit that is proven worthy upon examination. Examine the strengths and weaknesses in your life and work on them. The dedication to bettering yourself will has positive impacts in your life and those around you. Set a standard for yourself and know why. Set attainable goals.
We all struggle in life, some more than others. We all have different struggles, strengths and weaknesses. Be willing to get out of your comfort zone and be positive. This is very difficult sometimes as we may be struggling with positivity ourselves. However difficult, be the light during someone else's dark situation and help point them to the light. Through the encouragement of a brother of sister, many have been able to accomplish things that were once thought improbable or impossible.
Attempt to rid your vocabulary of negativity and replace them with positivity. Bring out the best in others. Know that just because it is not of your direct interest or ability to achieve something does not mean other cannot.
The dreaded word “accountability” is feared across society. Why do we fear such a thing? If we have made our actions clear, should they be not be held to such a standard? Did we just utter those words to please those around us? Whatever the reasoning may be, be open to accountability partner(s).
Accountability is much like a knife and a sharpening stone. The dull knife thinks it is totally capable of completing the tasks at hand, yet the sharpening stone knows that there is some work to be done. The process of sharpening the blade may be painful at times, but the end results are worth it. The sharpening process may take longer than expected.
Remember to keep each other accountable with positivity and a relative sense based upon their self-expectations. Be open to accountability and adhering to the standards that you have set for yourself. Do not evoke a spirit of fear through accountability, but of love and brotherhood. Be patient and willing to devote oneself to accountability over a long period of time.
Whether fruit examination, encouragement, accountability or whatever may be promoting you: do it. Hollow words and actions are meaningless. We often forget the things that people get for us but remember the way people make us feel.
Be humble in the process. Being humble is a daily reset that we must make despite our achievements. Responding positively to encouragement and accountability may be difficult at times, but this is what growth is all about. Chastisement is often not without purpose.
Keeping a humble and forward-thinking mind will help you to response better to the goals you set for yourself and those around you. Be moldable, malleable.
Fear may drive many of our actions throughout our lives today, but let us put away those feelings for tomorrow. I want to encourage you to find a network of people that have a similar mindset and set of goals. To set your mind on things that are pure and worthy, benefitting every aspect of your life.
Developing a strong network of trust and dependability is a life-changing process. Be strong today, for tomorrow.
Fruit: Matthew 7:15-20, Encourage: 1Thessalonians 5:11, Accountability: Proverbs 27:17
Response: James 1:22
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