I arrived to the United States at age 6. I didn’t speak English or know anyone. We left our homeland, Mexico, where we had family, a beautiful home, and stability for the American dream.
When we first arrived we had no place to live. We lived on the living room floor at my father’s boss’s house for 6 months before moving into our own apartment.
My mother worked 2 jobs and my father worked 7 days a week. During the early years we barely had enough food to eat. We had very little and the little we had were gifts from neighbors and strangers. My sister and I shared a queen size bed on the floor for years. I had to watch her for hours after school until my parents would come home from work usually moments before midnight.
But we made it work. We all understood the word “sacrifice”.
As I sat in front of my computer writing and rewriting this blog, I kept coming back to the concept of fear. You see, fear keeps us fixated on the past and worried about the future. We allow fear to paralyze us in this life. It suffocates our thinking and actions. It makes us indecisive and stagnate. When we allow fear to dictate our actions or direction we cause the erosion of confidence.
Faith cannot live where fear conquers. Faith is not certainty but rather a possibility or hope in Him.
Luke 18:8 says:
“Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?”
When Yeshua returns, what will He find on this Earth? Will He find a people who quit on their dreams for fear of failure? A family who is just existing because they fear judgement? An employee who is stagnate because he fears speaking out of turn? A son or daughter doing what the cool kids do for fear of rejection?
Or will He find His people prospering because they will push the envelope? Successful because they are not afraid to fail? Will He find a people unwavering in the face of danger?
When my family first arrived in America in the early 90s we were so fearful but fear did not get the best of us.
In fact, remember the home where we slept on the floor for 6 months? My parents bought that home less than 7 years after we arrived in America.
And now, 22 years later, they are successful business owners who are debt free in every way. Growing up in my family made me fearless to opportunity. I am business owner of not just one company but two, a home owner, a hard worker, and an investor.
Everything I am is because I learned that the only thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve is the fear of failure. I learned to conquer fear along with my family. And as a family we learned to invest in ourselves and others.
You see fear will either make you coward or wake you up. And my prayer for you is that fear wakes up a desire in you, a dream, a hope, an invention, an idea, or a business.