Let Go of Fear

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I’ve been looping Britt Nicole’s “Walk on the Water” lately because every word in that song speaks to me right now. Won’t you listen to it intently? The song’s below but here’s the chorus:

So what are you waiting for?
What do you have to lose?
Your insecurities try to alter you

You know you’re made for more
So don’t be afraid to move
Your faith is all it takes and you can
Walk on the water too

I’ve been talking about passion and I want to give voice to this: I get scared. We all do. I love the verse, “Your insecurities try to alter you” because it’s true. Our insecurities and our fear try to change who we are and stop us from doing what we’re capable of doing.

The first time I visited Canada, we went to the Capilano Suspension Bridge. I couldn’t get through it. I was too scared. Not crossing that bridge is one of the biggest regrets I have. Ever since then, I really weigh my feelings when it comes to crossing bridges (mostly figurative bridges).

Is this – experience or opportunity – something I will regret not doing? Is this a bridge I should cross?

Thinking that way has helped me be a bit more adventurous and do things like parasailing in Hawaii, ATV-ing in Mexico, eating escargot, and exploring places by myself. It’s also helped me figure out what I won’t regret passing up, like kayaking.

A little side note: I’m not and I wasn’t afraid to go kayaking, but the opportunity presented itself, I assessed how I felt at that time, passed it up, and have no regrets. I would have passed up on eating balut too, but I have a very persistent friend. If anything, I regret eating it. I’m telling you, the bones crunched.

I have a history with fear when it comes to faith and life. I think the worst thing about staying paralyzed with fear are all the regrets. There’s so much regret when you know you’re made for more, you’re capable of more, and you’re able to do great things, but you don’t – don’t move, don’t do, don’t become – because of fear.

I still get scared, and there are times when it’s that paralyzing kind of fear. The fear that stops me from stepping out in faith and doing what God created me to do. That’s why “Walk on the Water” is encouraging and uplifting. It reminds me to step out in faith because God is always with me. As He is with you and with every one of His children.

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