Indecision, doubt & fear. I just recently finished reading “THINK AND GROW RICH,” which is something I do from time to time, but this time it struck me with the idea for this blog posting. While this book is generally equated to the accumulation of money and wealth, in his own words Napoleon Hill stated, “Why did you write a book about money? Why measure riches in dollars alone?” And such an assertion is true at its heart. This book is a wealth of knowledge and can be applied to your heart’s content. Wealth can be any number of things, dependent upon your mindset!
This is one of our greatest problems…indecision. And, yet, it is associated with a number of other problem children which are associated with FEAR, such as:
Believe it, or not, this blog post is based upon a chapter in the book by Napoleon Hill, “THINK AND GROW RICH.” More specifically, CHAPTER 15 “HOW TO OUTWIT THE SIX GHOSTS OF FEAR.” While I firmly believe that the majority of our problems stem from our divorcing God from our society, our families, and our hearts. That said, let us move on toward the “six ghosts.”
It is my belief that without God in our hearts how can we truly have an interest in anything in a godly way? Generally speaking, this interest becomes more of a lust, or perhaps we see it as a god of sort. Which in both instances is rather ungodly.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” ~Matthew 6:33 NKJV
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” ~Romans 12:2 NKJV
Our focus should be on God and the heavenly, not on ourselves. By placing God first, God will guide us to those things that will aid and thrust us forward in our lives and in our profession.
Our inability to decide is an ambivalent mind at work, or not…as the case may be. We can often become indecisive over a number of reasons. Why you ask? Many times we are just too tired, other times we just don’t care about the subject matter, often we do not know enough about the subject matter but do not wish to seem as though we are ignorant…yet our ignorance is shouted out loudly by our disconnect. There are some messaged from the Bible that may help:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” ~Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV
“Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” ~Ephesians 5:17 NKJV
We can learn much from the Bible, often times we cast the book off to the side in order to read something more interesting like a mystery, sci-fy, or maybe a biography. However, if we truly wish to be grounded in Christ and have some semblance roots…we should read the Bible each and every day! On top of that, prayer is also needed in order to center and focus on God and the heavenly. I typically read in the morning to start my day off. I generally get home, after overtime, at 2:30 am. I will make green tea with honey and I will either watch a half hour instruction/education video (PureFlix) so I can gain another perspective on Biblical or Religious scholarly ideas. Yeah, I am geeky like that.
Lets face it, we all doubt at some point in time. And that is usually at the worst possible time. Am I right? But our God is a big God and He can help us learn some of the greatest lessons through this doubt. Just as the Apostle Paul speaks of and boasts about his weaknesses, so does Dr. Michael Liacona. I have read some of his books, interviews, or books/articles which he co-authored and he discussed at great length his doubts and those that aided him in his faith.
“For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.” ~Mark 11:23 NKJV
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.“~James 1:5-8 NKJV
Faith is something that comes through our many bouts of doubt. Sooner or later we come through with a better understanding where have that “Ah-HAH!” moment.
Worry seems to test us all, especially parents over their children. We all have worries over numerous things in our lives, but in the end our worries are usually for nought.
““Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” ~Matthew 6:25-34 NKJV
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” ~John 14:27 NKJV
Worry, like doubt, is overcome by faith in the promises of God through the Bible.
Over-caution is bred out of fear and fear, as you will recall is bred out of punishment and torment (see 1 John 4:18 NKJV.)
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” ~Galatians 6:7 NKJV
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” ~Philippians 4:13 NKJV
Being over-cautious is something we do due to uncertainty and fear of the unknown. Either we should do something or we should not. If it is an ethical or moral question, it is not over-cautious but wise not to do or to do something. Meaning you can verify through the Bible what you should do. Dangerous things are a case by case basis, in that, we should weigh and decide based upon the costs and the benefits. If fear was a factor in the first flight at Kitty Hawk, NC, by the Wright brothers…we might not have airplanes right now…and many other things, to boot!
Procrastination is another story where we are just lazy or do not like to do something because of the way it makes us feel. Perhaps even because of the pain we may obtain through the process. Although, we all know that the task must be completed, regardless.
“In all labor there is profit, But idle chatter leads only to poverty.” ~ Proverbs 14:23 NKJV
“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” ~Ephesians 5:15-17 NKJV
Sadly, procrastination gets the best of us, at times. But we can make that to do list go away by whittling away at it, one line at a time. Sometimes things just get away from us and our list becomes unmanageable…but you can manage it, one line at a time! Make better use of your time!
We all, at some point in time, have problems with each and every one of these “ghosts,” per se, bu we can control them by removing the fear that is presented by them. Usually that is all it takes. Figure out what you know. Find out what you do not know. Then, research the heck out of what you do not know… Voilà, now you have something new that was once unknown and now you know it. YouTube is a great research tool, Udemy, Khan Academy, and so many others. It all depends upon what you are researching. Any search engine, worth its weight, will get you to a good starting point.
May God Richly Bless You, My Beloved!