A Proverb a day gets you own your way!
Here is the Daily Dose for Tuesday, June 28, 2016.
Blessed are those who fear to do wrong, but the stubborn are headed for serious trouble. Proverbs 28:14
A Healthy Fear
I don’t want to mess up. I remember saying that before the first time that I had to speak publicly.I had a lump in my throat, pages of notes that I had memorized, and a crowd waiting for my first big speech. I had been practicing and practicing and I knew I was prepared, but still, I was nervous. I knew that there would be a lot of people watching. I knew that my family would be there. I knew that the occasion was important. It was a lot of pressure for a four-year old making their first solo Easter speech, and I just didn’t want to mess up. That’s when my mom told me, just go do it. You’re ready. And as they say the rest is history.
You see, I wasn’t scared to speak in front of a crowd, and I wasn’t unprepared, I just didn’t want to mess it up. When something is important it is healthy to have a desire to do it well. You want to make sure that what you are doing is first-rate, top-notch and serves the intended goal. You have worked hard, put the things needed in place, you just don’t want to mess it up at the end and have all of that hard work go to naught. Ultimately, you don’t want to mess up because you care too much to be lackadaisical and not have the result that you have worked so hard to achieve. By contrast, there will always be people who simply don’t care so when they do something you get what you get.
In life, there is a certain amount of fear that is healthy. When you have great responsibilities it is only natural to have some fear of doing the wrong thing. Doing the wrong thing has direct consequences that can effect your life and the life of others. Yet, we should never be so afraid that we don’t do anything for fear of messing up. So prepare well, practice hard, then trust God as you move forward doing your best to do the right thing.