Do you remember the first time you went on a Roller Coaster? Waiting in that line felt like a lifetime! You could almost feel the fear crawling through your skin as you got closer to the front of the line. The fear inside of you was telling you to turn around and leave because this ride wasn’t worth it. But you didn’t listen, you finally sat on the ride and got locked in. Then immediately following the first drop on the Roller Coaster you realized what your life had been missing!
We are all born with fear inside of us. It is human nature to fear the unknown. Our mind warns us when something seems unknown and our bodies react. The unknown will always be something that we are naturally fearful towards. However, if we are living a life for God; we are called to live by faith. We are called to live a life of trusting in the unknown by believing that God is leading us in the right direction.
What an intense battle that goes on inside of us! Naturally we fear, but we are called to a life of faith. The definitions of these two words couldn’t be more opposite:
Definition of Fear: An unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous or unknown.
Definition of Faith: Complete trust or confidence in someone or something that is safe or well-known.
Choosing faith over fear
In the middle of these two opposites, fear and faith, comes one thing that all of us must do in order to choose to live by faith and to grow. We must learn to confront. My favorite definition for this word is one of the simplest. To confront is simply to deal with a problem or difficulty face to face or head on as if it cannot be avoided. Being willing to confront that which we fear makes our faith grow and as a result will bring change to our lives.
What you do not confront will not change.
What areas of our lives are we are having trouble giving to God through faith? It is time to have that child-like faith that caused us to finally get on the Roller Coaster. Remember that new level of excitement and joy those steps of faith brought to our childhoods? Imagine what could happen if we treated our current situations the same way…
Today I want to challenge everyone who is reading this to step out in faith! Confront the things that you have been fearing. Decide now that you are going to step out in faith into the unknown. Give God the chance to act on your behalf! Only God knows what will happen if you decide to walk by faith, but the good news is that God always has your best interest in mind. Choose faith today!