Team member, Dean Rohne, sent this to me a couple weeks ago. It is a letter from his daughter that she wrote to him regarding the fire obstacle. It is pretty funny. Even our kids are fearful for our lives! Though this letter is pretty funny and sweet coming from a concerned daughter, fear does play a factor in our race.
What is your greatest fear? Failure? Will you be the 25% of our team that the statistics say will NOT complete the race? Maybe you have a fear of letting down your team. You know you can finish the race but are you afraid you will hold back the team? Maybe you’re afraid of the unknown. Perhaps you have never tried to accomplish something this extreme before. You’re not sure if you have the physical or mental capacity to survive.
Fear is a great motivator. Sometimes it pushes us to great heights of achievement. But should it? Should fear be our motivator to succeed? Isn’t fear an unredeemed characteristic? Aren’t we supposed to fear God?
Proverbs 1: 7,
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and discipline.”
The fear of the Lord is not a natural human fear which we experience in situations. As humans, we may experience many things that cause us fear and they are different for each of us. For some of us it might be heights, amusement park rides or tight places. These types of fears are nothing to be ashamed of and at times our fear can actually be used to protect ourselves & our family.
When we talk about the fear of God however, we are really talking about respect. We respect God because of his great power to grant life and death. God is all powerful and deserves our respect. A respect so great that it may cause us to tremble in his presence. God told Moses he could not look upon him directly because it would be too much for him. (Exodus 33) God wants us to fear (respect) Him so that he can pour into our lives. He doesn’t want us to live in fear. That kind of fear is a fear that comes from Satan.
2 Timothy 1:7,
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.”
You see, respect for God leads to a powerful spirit that is full of love and self discipline. Fear that come from Satan breeds a timid, paralyzed and anxious spirit. Any fear that causes us to be timid, anxious or a coward is not from God. It is something that causes us to live in a way that is contrary to the way God would have us live and this type of fear is from Satan. This type of fear should not motivate us. As Christian men we have the power of God within us to overcome all fear.
1 John 1:18,
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”
You see God has given us his perfect love through his son Jesus. This love drives out unnatural fear. It leads us to a life of power, discipline and a sound mind. If we live without this love we will be paralyzed by fear and will be unable to mature in our relationship with God. Unnatural fears cause weird phobias, uncontrollable anxiety and compulsive disorders that are slowly trying to destroy us. It is part of Satan’s plan to destroy us from the inside out. It is part of God’s plan to create in us a new life from the inside out.
As we prepare for Tough Mudder and discipline ourselves, we will be ready for the test. It is okay to have some fear of the unknown, failure or even super cold
muddy water. It is not okay to have unnatural fears that paralyze us and keep us from being who God created us to be. Accept God’s perfect love, be filled with his power and get ready to kick some Tough Mudder obstacles. Just remember that if God is for us, who can be against us?!! We can conquer any challenge that life throws at us.
Don’t shrink back! Throw life a knock out punch.