July 2, 2020

​Fear Not

Failure need not be final.

Adventist Review Editors

Some of history’s greatest moments happened because average men, women, and children defied their fears and failures and persevered. Today is one of those moments in which the foundations of society seem to be crumbling. It’s time to reexamine our priorities in light of our faith in God’s Word and power and move forward to make a positive difference in a world that needs healing.—Editors.

“Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.”—Francis Chan, American pastor and author.

“If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
—Dale Carnegie, twentieth-century motivational speaker and author.

“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”
—Marie Curie, Polish/French physicist and chemist.

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
—Winston Churchill, twentieth-century English statesman.

“Overcoming what frightens you the most strengthens you the most.”
—Matshona Dhliwayo, author and entrepreneur.

“One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.”
—Henry Ford, American inventor and industrialist.

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear.”
—Apostle John (1 John 4:18).

“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.”
—Helen Keller, twentieth-century author and activist.

“One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.”
—John F. Kennedy, twentieth-century U.S. president.

“Reality is the name we give to our disappointments.”
—Mason Cooley, twentieth-century American aphorist.

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
—Nelson Mandela, former political prisoner and president of South Africa.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of [the Canaanites], for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
—Moses (Deut. 31:6).

“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.”
—Rosa Parks, twentieth-century American activist.

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’”
—Eleanor Roosevelt, former U.S. first lady and delegate to the United Nations.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
—Theodore Roosevelt, twentieth-century U.S. president.

“Never let the fear of striking out
keep you from playing the game.”
—George Herman “Babe” Ruth, twentieth-century professional baseball player.

“Thinking will not overcome fear
but action will.”
—W. Clement Stone, twentieth-century businessman and philanthropist.

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.”
—Mark Twain, nineteenth-century author.

“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”
—Malala Yousafzai, student activist, and Nobel Peace Prize co-winner.

“Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street.”
—Zig Ziglar, twentieth-century American motivational speaker.