And I don’t think it’s because he never gets scared. I just think that instead of running away, which is what I’m prone to do, he runs straight ahead without blinking.
That’s what brave people do. They don’t shrink back from fear. They stare it down and keep moving forward.
Recently, he sent me this quote:
“To conquer fear, you have to feel the fear and take action anyway…You’ve got to get yourself moving. The only way to break the cycle is to face your fear and take action – no matter how small or seemingly insignificant that action might seem. To get over fear, you’ve got to get started.“
John Maxwell – Failing Forward
I think there’s something to that. Just the act of moving toward something is empowering. It made me think of that time we visited this gorgeous waterfall that you could actually walk behind. As usual I followed my fearless leader and the two of us experienced something pretty cool. Literally! The mist coming off the falls was invigorating, to say the least. 🙂
From that vantage point, a rushing river can merge with your rushing adrenaline until you feel like you are diving headfirst over that mountain yourself. It was awe-inspiring!
You can’t really see it but, towards the end of this short video I captured below, some other people were approaching the entrance to the falls. That’s as far as they got. Two of the ladies appeared too frightened to continue. So they turned back.
Here’s the thing, and I’m just beginning to get this. Before you start moving, you have to start believing. There has to be a brain shift – a moment when you believe that there is something better waiting ahead.
And when we get there, on the other side of that fear, we start to think that anything is possible. We begin to take baby steps on the stomping grounds of the saints who’ve gone before us.
If we could hear them now, I think they’d be urging us to keep moving forward. Because what lies ahead is so much better. There, faith is formed in the unseen hand of God. And when we let go of fear and take hold of His hand instead, we move closer to that place – the hope of saints – the home of heroes.
That’s where brave is born. And it’s where our life begins.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”