Monday, July 12, 2010
Push Past Your Fear
Last week, I traveled to Orlando with my church family. We had a blast!!! I made up in my mind that at every park we went to, I was getting on all of the gut-wrenching rides. My son, Joey, decided he wanted to roll with the big dogs and follow mommy. Granted, there were some rides that I absolutely refused to let him get on because I know my scaredy-cat son and there was no way I was going to get to the front of the line then have to turn around because he's crying. Well, he made up in his mind that it didn't matter how scary the next ride I went to was, which was The Mummy, he was getting on. Ok...fine. "Once we get in here, there's no turning back" I told him. "Yes ma'am" he replied.
Within a minute of getting inside the attraction to stand in line, Joey wraps his arms tightly around my waist and whimpers "Mama, I'm scared." I tell him "It's too late to be scared now, you're in here. Mama's got you. You'll be fine." Though my words of consolation didn't stop him from shedding a few tears before we actually got on the ride, when it was all over he walked out with a smile on his face and yelled "That wasn't scary...it was fun!" Though the dark building and weird noises caused him to be fearful, because I held his hand and assured him everything would be fine, he pushed past his fears and ended up enjoying himself. Had he given in to fear, he would've missed out on a perfectly fun ride.
This made me think about how many of us can be when it comes to doing something God has instructed us to do. We look at it from the surface and because it looks scary we allow fear to encompass our mind and make us want to run in the opposite direction. I have definitely been there.
One thing you must always remember is that fear is of the enemy. He knows that he can use fear to rob you of living a purpose-filled life and cause you to be too afraid to be the person God intends for you to be. Keep in mind that God has not given you the spirit of fear; but a spirit of power, love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).
Today, I dare you to push past your fears and make the decision to go along for the ride. Whatever it is God is calling you to do, I encourage you to trust that there's no need to be afraid because God's got you...you'll be fine. We all have fearful moments, but when you feel afraid just wrap your arms tight around the Master and allow Him to be your security. Don't give Satan the satisfaction of making you punk-out and run for the border, instead show Him who's boss!
Til we meet again...live more, worry less, laugh often!
Your sister in Christ,