by Rick Warren — August 20, 2019
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment” (1 John 4:18 NIV).
I have good news for you: Someone already does.
When someone believes in you unconditionally, as God does, it releases you to take great risks. You have unfulfilled dreams in your life because you’ve been scared to death to go after them. You’ll die with unfulfilled dreams unless you let one truth really sink in: God loves you unconditionally.
No matter who you are and no matter what’s in your past, God believes in you far more than you believe in yourself. That means fear doesn’t have to stop you anymore.
The Bible says, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment” (1 John 4:18 NIV).
Think you’ve blown it? Ready to throw in the towel on your dream? God’s love says to not be afraid to give it another shot.
When I was in seventh grade, my family lived in Northern California, home to the redwoods. In my shop class, everyone was supposed to make something. I wanted to make a redwood table for my mom and dad. Unfortunately, I have zero artistic or crafting ability. I worked on that table for six months in our barn, but it was still a mess.
One day, my dad heard me sobbing over my table in that barn. I told him of the mess I’d made of it. I wanted so badly for it to be nice, but it was awful.
I’ll never forget what my dad told me: “Son, it’s okay. We can start over, and this time I’ll help you.”
My dad was a master carpenter. I knew if he said he’d help, we would succeed.
Your heavenly Father is telling you that today. You may have messed up. You may feel as if your dream is dead.
But God says to you today, “It’s okay. We can start over, and this time I’ll help you.”
And when God says he’ll help, you can do anything.