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Put Your Faith and Not Your Fears in Charge

The challenge of faith versus fear

Great men and women experience doubt all the time and are greater for it. If you want to know how they cope with these doubts and fears, perhaps think about it this way:

Imagine your life as a wagon filled with everything you represent. To pull that wagon through life, you are going to need horses. Now imagine that your fears and your faith are the horses you can call on. Of course, all of us have more fears than faith, so let us say we have eleven horses of fear and only one horse of faith. If we put any of the horses of fear at the head of the team, they will be hesitant to lead, unsure of their capacity, afraid they will not be able to do what is expected of them. And your wagon won’t go anywhere. But if you put the one single horse of faith at the head of the team, the horses of fear will follow. In fact, our fears, when led by our faith, will provide the strength to pull our wagon. The challenge for all of us is to put our faith and not our fears in charge.

What we assume we can do is often conditioned by what others have convinced us we can do—and not do. Achieving greatness is no different.

Dr. Roger Bannister was the first man to break the four-minute-mile barrier and had this to say of his great achievement: “Doctors and scientists said that breaking the four-minute mile was impossible, that one would die in the attempt. Thus, when I got up from the track after collapsing at the finish line, I figured I was dead.”

The challenge in all of our lives is put our faith and not our fears in charge.

Faith is a verb. Keep the faith.

As you face your life stuff, or life is in your face, perhaps remember this timeless adage: An army of sheep led by a lion will defeat an army of lions led by a sheep.

Noah benShea, Copyright 2012 All Rights Reserved

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Noah benShea

Noah benShea is a poet and author of many books including The Journey to Greatness and How to Get There.

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