Fear of… success: Bible prayers


  • Bible prayers
  • Prayers for encouragement
  • Faith to rise above

discouragementFear of failure has a unimagined flip-side: the fear of success. The person who chokes because he’s afraid he’ll blow it comes under a cloud of doom. Ultimately in his decision-making, risk-avoidance becomes success-avoidance.

I know what I’m talking about. I have suffered from it. When I was the hardest-working, most experienced college reporter on the UCLA Daily Bruin, my editors handed me the opportunity of the lifetime, an investigative piece that would establish my reputation. I said I was too busy.

Fear of... success: Bible prayersThe guy who took it catapulted his career. I watched from the stands as a less-experienced reporter took to the field.

shipwrecked faithI have mulled over that decision lots. I have analyzed and psycho-analyzed it.

It’s better to risk humiliation and go out with a blaze than step to the sideline. But the nasty habit of self-brow-beating is no easy task for anyone who has wrestled with the low-self-esteem demon.

Here’s what’s helped me:

  • Prayer
  • Bible reading
  • Church fellowship with encouraging saints
  • Exercise
  • Eating right
  • Trying to learn patience

And this has hurt me:

  • Criticism
  • Competition among friends
  • Envy and jealousy
  • Church dysfunction

2 Cor. 10:5 says, we must bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. For me, it is a struggle. I share these confessions in the hopes that others will be encouraged in similar fights. The enemy of our souls, the devil, wages war against our thoughts. Let’s pray for one another and support one another.

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34 responses to “Fear of… success: Bible prayers

  1. I remember a friend who was in line for a promotion. This friend said it wasn’t the right time for his promotion. As I questioned this person as to who in their job at his level should get the promotion, that friend realized that he WAS the right person for it, as he was more qualified and talented than anyone else at his level… He got the promotion, but it seems, like your story, that he needed a little help realizing it.

  2. Love your complaints/gratitude cartoon!

  3. I agree that criticism is destructive (usually). If we love one another, it makes up for almost everything. {I Peter 4:8}. I am glad you are winning over the low self esteem. Blessings and Peace be unto you.

  4. Very interesting. You are right we sometimes don’t act because of fear of success. That is profound. Thanks.

  5. I liked this so much, especially adding the verse.

  6. You are a winner. I must wonder how many souls -he- has led to the Lord? How many people -he- has fed in a foreign land? How many miles of dirt road did -he- walk just to take the gospel to 1 more person? YOU did succeed Brother! You’re on the winning side!

  7. It’s a big one. Low self-esteem seems rampant. I don’t think I know anyone who has not experienced it. I also know, from personal experience, it’s a tough one to shift. The limitations of life on Earth are not the limitations of our souls – Knowing of God’s Love helped me. Knowing that God sees the real me, knows my heart and my intentions, and understands me on a level that is far greater than human understanding – well, that helped me to be kinder to myself and to others.

  8. Love your blog!

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  10. sapphiresthoughts

    Wow. “failure of success”. I couldn’t have said it better..

  11. noordinaryjoy61

    I absolutely loved this post!!!

  12. Awesome post!
    Thank you also so much for liking so many of my posts! It truly means a lot coming from someone with such great content!

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