Full Service Westside

It was as I was preparing for a college music audition that my mother reminded me, “feel the fear. And do it anyway.” In truth, I was nervous beyond compare. I was scared. And that fear had the potential to paralyze me. In that moment, it would have meant that all of the time and energy that I had spent preparing for that audition would have gone down the tubes. But it was at that moment that my mother’s words of wisdom were spoken to me, “feel the fear. And do it anyway.”
Ever since that audition day, those words have echoed in my head each and every time I have taken the risk to step outside my comfort zone. We’ve all been there. Perhaps it was when we interviewed for a new job. Or perhaps it was when we finally had the guts to tell someone how we felt about them. Or perhaps it was when we needed to make a decision for ourselves, our family, or a loved one. Whenever and wherever it’s been for you, we’ve all been at the point when it comes down to the question, is it worth the risk? Do I dare feel the fear, and do it anyway?
Earlier in January, right after one of the snowstorms that’s hit Muscatine this winter, a group of youth in my congregation wanted to go sledding. Getting the word out quickly to families, we made it happen and ended up having a ball of a time. But what really caught me that day on the hill was the boldness of our youth. They weren’t afraid of anything! Some of them tried their hand at “snowboarding” down the hill on plastic sleds, and others dared to fly off a snow ramp they’d built. At the risk of sounding as though I have no concern for their safety, all was well, and there were no injuries!
But perhaps we all have something to learn from the boldness and spontaneity of our youth. God has a whole world of opportunities – a land of something more, something new, something exciting, something thrilling, something life-giving – out there for each and every one of us. And God promises to walk with us through thick and thin, no matter what. Even though some days it might seem as though we’re treading deep waters of chaos, and even though the rivers of change may threaten to overwhelm us, and even though the fires of fear may try to encapsulate us, time and time again God promises you that you don’t walk this journey alone. And you don’t have to take that next step alone. Instead, our God goes with us – and even before us – giving us the courage to, “feel the fear, and do it anyway.”
So, wherever you might find yourself, I challenge you to step out in faith. Step out in courage. And step out trusting that you are not alone. God has more in store for our lives and for our community than just a ho-hum routine. Indeed, God desires for each of us, and for our community, to be filled with life. So, are we willing to take the risk, feel the fear and do it anyway, to explore what thrilling adventures might be before us?

Full Service Westside