confusion, information hoarding and empire building.
What can fear cost? It can cost lost opportunities. It can cost talent hoarding. When you give in to fear and not use your talents, you are hoarding those talents. Fear can cost you from sharing with others and being a part with others and building your own kingdom. Fear can cost people to know the real you. The price of fear can be a life of regret or a life of a constantly lowering and lowering of your self image. Not from humility but because of shame and unholy agreements about yourself.
Fear, indeed, has it's costs. Consider the end result of the one who buried his talent, recorded in the parable of the talents. The master said; "you wicked, lazy servant. ...And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
You know what the most incredible part of the story of the parable of the talents is? Each man was given the talent, the money to invest, according to his ability. The man who buried his talent was given according to his ability. By burying his talent, he didn't even perform up to his ability.
That is the greatest cost of fear. You won't live up to your abilities. What price are you willing to pay?
Instead of living below your abilities, wouldn't you rather move mountains? You can. But, you will need to move from fear to faith.
Even in cyberspace, the word "free" is well..."freely" used. "Information on the internet should be free". "No one should be able to copyright information on the internet. It should be free for all"! Yes, we all love the word "free". "Get you free ebook". "Get your free email course".
Even in our churches we get excited about the word "free". God's grace is "free". "We are taking up a free will offering". "God's offer of salvation is free". We get very excited about the word "free".
Several years ago, I took advantage of one of those "free" offers. We were offered "free" lodging for the weekend, at a timeshare property. All we had to do was listen to a short presentation. There would be no high pressure sales tactics. There would be no requirement to buy.
When time came for the presentation, it lasted about two hours and the sales people increased the pressure with every "no" response we gave. It was an extremely frustrating experience. I left that place very frustrated. Okay, I'll admit it. I was a bit angry.
Through that experience and others in life, I've learned a very important lesson. Call me cynical. But the lesson I learned is that everything has a price. Nothing is truly free. The illusion of something being free is there. There is the illusion that something doesn't cost. But, it is nothing but a mirage, a vapor, ready to disappear.
The same holds true for fear. Here is the deception about fear. When you or I give in to fear, we have the illusion of avoiding pain. The illusion is that giving in to fear is the easiest path to take, the one with the least risk. But, it's nothing more than an illusion, a mirage, a vapor.