Carey Lewis Devotions
Monday, March 30th, 2020
Fear: Of Failure
'O Sovereign Lord,' I said, 'I can't speak for you! I'm too young!'

The Lord replied, 'Don't say, 'I'm too young,' for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. And don't be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken!'
Jeremiah 1:6-8 (NLT)
Does a fear of failure result from a dead or dying faith? After all, young David didn't seem to fear battling a terrible giant. Young Mary didn't seem to fear birthing our wonderful Savior.

My thoughts? Most teens feel invincible. These expectations are a gift (or a curse) of youth.

On the other hand, many of God's heroes feared failure and felt unqualified for the roles God called them to play (like Jeremiah, Moses, Joshua, Gideon and Solomon).

So what's a modern saint to do?

I remember what my dad told me about his fellow fighter pilots in WWll: 'Carey, the pilots who were married or had serious girlfriends at home seemed to die first.' Meaning?

They feared death more than carefree young daredevils like my dad. They had more to lose. Perhaps subconsciously, they were slightly more preoccupied, slightly more cautious.

How does this relate to us?

Consciously as adults, we must detach ourselves from the cares of this world, even an excessive love of family, even potential losses along the way...

To prefer the call of Jesus, which must supersede every other concern.*

We must be the ones who stand up or speak up when others don't. We must redefine the meaning of failure and success. Hint: They have NOTHING to do with the world. Here's my take:

Failure as a Christian: Playing it safe. Considering self. Copying the world. Ignoring God's call. Refusing the Cross.

Success as a Christian: Following Christ closely. Serving others ceaselessly. No matter how hard. No matter the cost.

Because earthly success is the journey itself, and ultimate success will not be reached until we cross death's doorway... into the greatest beyond.

## Fear: Of Failure (Part 12)

* 'If you want to be My disciple, you must, by comparison, hate everyone else...your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters...yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be My disciple' (Luke 14:26, NLT).

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Fear series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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