Faith Beyond Fear
One of the roles I love as a Dad is helping my children overcome their fears. Sometimes it's in the very small things, like trying a new food. At times it's a bigger challenge, like getting on one of those rickety rides at the local carnival.
My kids are a bit introverted, so they seem to be prone to timidity. I take on the role of coach as I challenge them often to stretch beyond their comfort zone.
I've seen how fear can affect people's health, cripple a church, hurt marriages, and cause businesses to fail. I also think of the football quarterback that loses his accuracy because he's afraid of tallying up a record number of interceptions (...not mentioning any names... Jay Cutler).
One of the simple activities I do with my kids is to have them jump off the stairs into my arms. I often challenge them to go one step higher. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. You can see their desire to leap off the higher step, but they are frozen because of fear.
I will say, "Look at me. Daddy will never, never, never drop you. I'll always catch you!"
My assurance doesn't always help, but sometimes my kids trust me enough to take the plunge. They quickly realize that I was there for them, and there was really nothing to be scared of after all.
What are the areas in your life where fear has frozen you? Is God daring you to take a risk that's outside your comfort zone? What's stopping you from leaping?
One of our "Under The Radar" listeners introduce me to the music of JJ Heller earlier this year. Even after 4 albums, she's gone largely undiscovered for the last 6 years. But the world is catching on to one of her hidden gems she released in 2008 called "Your Hands." It was featured on the Fox TV show "So You Think You Can Dance," and now has a national audience taking notice of this gifted songwriter. I'll be playing this breakthrough song on the next "Under The Radar."
The lyrics remind me that God sees things from a much different perspective than I do. Because I fail to trust Him with all of my heart, I get tripped up by my own fears and insecurities. Yet, He's coaxing me on, gently reminding me, "Son, I'm here. I won't fail you. My hands will always catch you!"
May you and I both go one step higher in our faith, ready to leap into the Father's trustworthy grip, "...for God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline." (2 Timothy 1:7)