Do you remember Glum, the Lilliputian, from The Adventures of Gulliver cartoon? He wore a green top and a tan hat with a feather that drooped over his forehead. He was short, but I guess all the Lilliputians were. 😀 During their adventures, while Gulliver and the gang tried desperately to escape the clutches of some villain, Glum would say in his monotone, nasally voice, “It’s hopeless.” or “We’ll never make it. Never!” or “We’re done for.” or “We’re doomed for sure.” LOL From what I remember, the gang never listened to Glum. They kept running, swimming, or whatever they had to do to get out of trouble. If they had listened to Glum, the cartoon would’ve ended after the first episode. 😀 What’s even funnier than his perpetual pessimism is the fact that he never stayed behind. He always ran with Gulliver and the others even though he thought, “we’re all gonna die.” LOL
Do you have any Glums in your life? I know I’ve had an encounter once or twice or hundreds. Unfortunately, there were times that I was influenced by the doubt and fear of others. Yup, I would question my well thought out plan because someone said I couldn’t do it. Sad, but very true. What I found out later was that glums don’t believe they can do what you’re trying to accomplish which is why they speak against your plans. They’re saying, if I can’t do it then there’s no way you can do it. Or maybe they tried and failed. Whatever it is that’s fueling their fear, we shouldn’t let it affect us.
Okay, it’s a fact that fear is a human emotion and we’ve all experienced it, right? Denying that we’re afraid of something doesn’t make fear go away. Trusting in God’s promises instead of allowing fear to hinder us is where the victory lies. Focusing on God’s word instead of the opinions of others is a great way to get over our fears. Psalm 56:3 & 4 says, But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. 4 I praise God for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?
We should seek God’s direction in all of our plans and know He will lead us to where we need to go. Stay focused on Him!
So the next time cousin Glum, friend Glum, mother Glum, father Glum, coworker Glum, sibling Glum tries to contaminate you with fear by saying, “you’ll never make it”, remember they’re displaying their fear. They may need encouragement.
Just blogging it out . . . Oh and HAPPY WEDNESDAY! 😀
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