Faith or Fear?

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Two paths. Robert Frost wrote about them, and Kid President pep talked about them. (“Not cool Robert Frost!”) But what are the two paths?

All leaders have two options, two paths, two choices: faith or fear.

While reading the Book of Joshua recently, I noticed those two paths, and I prayed that I would never do what ten of the twelve leaders (spies) did to the people they were called to lead.

Caleb and his friend chose faith. The other ten chose fear.

Here’s Caleb’s summary. “My brothers who went up with me made the hearts of the people melt with fear. I, however, followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly.” (Joshua 14:8)

Two leadership options:

1. FEAR. If we choose fear, we will cause “the hearts of the people to melt with fear.” As leaders we have the power to strengthen or to crush the hearts of those they lead.

2. FAITH. If we choose to “follow God wholeheartedly” then the people will follow our example and respond with faith.

Are you choosing the path of faith or fear? Are you following God wholeheartedly?

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© 2012 Steve Murrell

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