Paralyzed by Fear of Judgement...
FEAR: a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid.
JUDGEMENT: the ability to judge, make a decision, or form an opinion, objectively,
authoritatively, and wisely, especially in matters affecting action; good sense
PARALYZED: to bring to a condition of helpless stoppage, inactivity, or inability to act
HAVE YOU EVER FOUND YOURSELF PARALYZED BY FEAR? WHAT ABOUT FEAR OF WHAT OTHERS THINK OF YOU?
Fear is far from a foreign emotion to everyone. So many lives are affected daily, knowing and or not realizing. Unfortunately, you can't avoid fear but you can recognize it to avoid being paralyzed by it, leading to a life of emptiness and void. Fear can be a deal breaker in so many instances but NOT so big that it can not be conquered. Think about David and Goliath...I'm almost positive that David was shaking in his boots scared but had he allowed fear to take over and paralyze him, he never would have taken Goliath down. He conquered fear and allowed fear to force him to move.
Fear has several affects and here are 2 of them. It can take over to the point that you do nothing or it can force you to do something. Which side of fear are you on?
In my own life, I've titter tottered with some paralysis of fear...more so, FEAR OF JUDGEMENT...my "cover up"! I've found that a great deal of people fear how others see them or judge them by what they don't have or how they don't fit into a certain standard. Crazy enough...I had a twisted version of fear concerning this. I feared being judged by people for having the best of things...foreign cars, nice homes, big homes, nice clothes and shoes...STUFF. Something people would say is the "American Dream". Stuff that did not and does not define me. I would find myself parking away or in the back to avoid inquires about what vehicle I drove that day. Also, I would shy away from inviting people to my homes for fear of what would be thought. I would dress down around certain people and always avoid details of my life. Kinda crazy, huh?We recently had a guest visit and before I knew it, I asked them not to judge me. Upon their arrival they questioned why I asked them not to judge and I proceeded to share. They quickly let me know that they instantly recognized the purpose in their visit...God was showing them through me what they deserve and not to settle.