Fear defined: a distressing emotion caused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc, whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid. I used to think fear could either be motivating catalyst or a paralyzing force. I believe this thought was born of the pop-psychology material that was a favorite reading subject of mine some years ago. Ideas were discussed about to "tap into" your fears to unlock your greatest potential in life. However once I became a Christian I began to understand anything that I did that was fear-motivated would not be true representation of my abilities because fear-motivation is basically a knee-jerk, opposite response to a person, situation, or circumstance.
I have come to know that doing the opposite of what I fear is not always the best or right choice for me. Additionally, being fear-motivated tethers us to our fears on a level that continually keeps us living short of our God-given potential; constantly avoiding opportunities that ignite fear within us while simultaneously pushing us farther and farther from very path that God is illuminating toward our purpose. Rather that being motivated by fear, we must confront our fears and seek freedom from them. The Word of God has countless scriptures to comfort us and bring us freedom from the crippling impact that fear has on our lives. Here a few of my favorites that really helped me overcome the fears that that have tried to overtake my mind and spirit over the years:
2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.
1 Chronicles 28:20
David also said to Solomon his son, "Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished.
Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known.
When danger is present use caution; follow your instincts (discernment) as needed; but never, ever be ruled by unfounded, trumped up, "what if", unsubstantiated, fears that try to derail you from the life that you were created to live.