March 15, 2021

Overcoming the Fear of Failure


“No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you.”

Joshua 1:5 NLT


What would you attempt if you knew you wouldn’t fail?

I am convinced that many of us don’t try new things because we fear failure. Real or imagined, we are afraid that we will fail, so we don’t even try.

I remember my first attempt at snow skiing. It was a church ski trip, and we had a long bus ride to get to the place where we would be skiing. During that ride, it seemed everyone had a horror story of broken collar bones, broken ankles, and other injuries they survived learning to ski. My fears were growing.

I decided to start my ski experience with a day of ski school. After teaching us how to put on our boots and skis, the instructor taught us how to fall. That’s right—how to fall. The instructor informed us that we could just lay over in the snow and stop whenever we felt out of control or afraid. She wanted us to know how to fall without getting hurt. After a few moments, my courage grew because I felt comfortable that I could fall without hurting myself.

Because I lost my fear of falling, I was able to tackle the task of skiing. As long as I was afraid to fall, I could never be confident in skiing.

Life is like that. If we are always afraid of falling, we never have the confidence necessary to succeed.

Joshua was facing the monumental task of following Moses and leading Israel into the Promised Land. He needed to know that God was with him and was going to help him be victorious.

God is also with us. If we are followers of Jesus Christ, He has promised never to leave us or forsake us. We can depend on His presence and power to flow through our lives. God is with you today. Go ahead, give life a try.


Holy Spirit, I thank You that You are with me. Today, I ask You to direct my life. I want to live out of faith, not fear. I want to accomplish Your desires for my life.

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