Do not be afraid

I came back to an empty house after my early morning Prayer Zone Workout at the track. My twin boys had left for school. My husband had gone to work. I was making a fruit smoothie.

I heard what sounded like footsteps from the bedroom upstairs.

You’re mistaken, I thought to myself. There’s no one else home. 

I looked out the window, wondering if the noise was a truck coming up the road. The street was empty. Then the sounds grew louder, as if someone were walking along the upstairs corridor toward the top of the stairs.

I was gripped by fear. I was utterly convinced that an intruder was in the house.

I darted toward the door, stumbling down the steps from the kitchen into the garage. My legs gave way, sending me lurching forward. I barely managed to correct my balance before my head came into contact with the solid-metal bike rack in front of me. In a matter of moments, fear had made me light-headed, caused my legs to go weak, and very nearly left me unconscious on the floor!

Fear was getting the best of me.

YOLO, I told myself—so do not be afraid!

Fear, the dictionary says, is an emotion that causes us to believe that someone or something is a threat, dangerous, or likely to cause pain—like the apparent intruder in my house.

Sometimes our fear is justified; when a real threat is present.

But fear can also be unfounded. It can stop us from stepping out of our comfort zone and living life to the full. It can grip us and hold us captive. In my case, fear would have had me standing outside my house on the driveway until my husband came home at the end of the day.

Fear would have stopped me from doing a lot of things!

We need to seize the day. If we don’t, we may find ourselves living with disappointment, like this quote by H. Jackson Brown, Jr. says:

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Yacht sailing in the North SeaWe want the satisfaction of living a day well.

So often, fears hold us back from living the full life that God intends for us.  Scripture puts it this way:

I have come that you might have life, and have it to the full 

(John 10:10).

God wants you to dream, discover, and explore with him. He says:

I know the plans I have for you….plans to give you hope and a future 

(Jeremiah 29:11).

A hope and a future is God’s plan for you, and also for the world and all of humanity.

What fear is stopping you from living today with hope and a future? Leave your fears behind, and join God in his plan.

I stood on the driveway for quite some time. Gradually my heart rate returned to normal, and my common sense returned as well. I couldn’t stand outside all morning; I was wasting my day. I finally plucked up courage to venture back into the house and search it from top to bottom.

No one was there!

I shouldn’t let an unfamiliar sound  leave me paralyzed.

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