When we see kids ages 2 to 7, they are on top of the world. They know they can accomplish anything they set their minds to. When they reach the ages of 8 to 10, that fearlessness drifts away and they are filled with fear of life, the unknown, and their dreams fade away. In middle school, they face that awkward stage of change. They don’t know what to do with their life and they are changing in many ways. In high school, the kids start to divide into their groups. The athletes, the popular crowd, the band geeks, the bad kids, etc. We all fit into a group and we don’t drift from those groups. In college, we start to realize we can be whoever and whatever we want to be. We start gaining our fearlessness back and realize that we can conquer the world. Once we graduate, we seek to find that perfect job and jump into life. We start out with a desk job and stay there until retirement because it’s a safe job. We lose our fearlessness all over again.
We go through a circle in our lives that doesn’t end. We all go around it at different speeds. Some of us are more fearless than others. We need to learn that we all have the ability to take a leap of faith and let everything go. We don’t need to worry about where this job is going, we don’t need to worry about where we are going to be in the next ten years, we don’t need to worry about what will happen tomorrow. We need to jump head first into the unknown and realize that God will guide us on this journey called life.
I once read, “Don’t be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try.” At the time, I said that is a good thing to remember, but now I understand what it means. I have lived my life in fear of a lot of things, but now I am starting to live my life trusting that God will take care of me. Now that doesn’t mean I am going to be cliff diving or drive 100 mph all the time. It does mean that I am going to take a leap of faith and not worry about what might happen in the future.
I was talking with a friend and they said that they were stressed about going outside of their comfort zone and I told them, you just have to have courage to try something new. After I told them that, I said wow Em take your own advice. I have been so scared to actually try new things and open up to people because I am afraid of getting hurt, but God has a plan for this life of mine and I need to be willing to let my fear go and have courage to step our in faith and trust in His plan. It will be the most difficult thing I have ever done, but I know that He will be there every step of the way. Guiding me, lifting me up, and loving me unconditionally.
What is stopping you from achieving your goals? What are you afraid of? Why are you afraid of it? Take a leap of faith and know that God will catch you because He is always there for you and will always love you.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”