She Laughs Without Fear.
Think of that imagery.
In many ways,
I see the bronze sculpture of the Fearless Girl in New York,
Facing off against the bull.
|Photo: Associated Press|
What is not considered,
Is the shear risk in taking that stance.
To stare fear in the face,
Is this the balance in faith?
Is this what Peter considered when asked by Jesus to walk on water –
The waves of fear vs the freedom of the impossible.
But what we see unfold is…
Faith tends to challenge the literal sense of fear
To bring out the childlike sense of wonder.
The excitement of possibilities!
Rather than the paralysis of “what if”.
It takes a lot more than sheer determination or pride to stare fear in the face.
It takes faith,
The exposure of vulnerability,
The risk of defeat,
And the courage to have faith in something more.
Think of all the key “movers” of the ages –
Martin Luther King Jr,
The Famous Five – Henrietta, Irene, Emily, Nellie & Louise (fought for women to be consider “persons” in the British North America Act in Canada),
And lets be honest,
Jesus was a complete rebel in his day,
Breaking hypocritical stereotypes,
Barriers that segregated others,
And calling out the integrity of those in power.
What did they all have in common?
A dream for something better,
Courage to stand out,
And faith to risk it all for the betterment of humanity.
Not just for self,
But for others!
If our lives are self-seeking,
We end up feeling like an empty pit of self-consuming madness
(maybe a tad dramatic, but lets be real...).
When it’s for the love of God and humanity,
We are built up,
And experience a determination to risk it all for others!
“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.” Mother Theresa
When I was 9 years old,
I remember daydreaming about standing out.
About changing the world around me.
Fighting for the rights of others,
And being fearless in my faith.
This may have been because I was reading a book about Christian martyrs all over the world,
Risking it all for the love of God and all people.
Either way, I had a dream!
When reality came to,
I “wall-flowered” my way through life.
Paralysed by fear.
And in many ways,
I still am.
You cannot move half-way across the world,
To a city where you know no one,
To a country where your mission organisation was yet to exist,
To a culture, and in many ways the language, you did not know,
To begin the initial stages of what loving God and loving people looks like,
Without stepping out.
Without standing out.
Whether I liked it or not.
God certainly has a way of calling out the better version of ourselves!
Laughing without fear has been key to fundraising for me.
To seeing fear – like lacking $1150/month of what you and your ministry need for basic living (fact);
To feeling overwhelmed – cry and have a pity party like you were a 3 year old;
To praying – present every single “how?” sentence you can construct;
To accepting – not by my will but His that the impossible will be made possible;
To choosing – take a risky stance;
To letting go – have faith in the true character of God;
To staring – with faith-filled boldness.
"Faith is spelt R-I-S-K." John Wimber
aka... Risky Business
When peace and acceptance settles,
Fear no longer has a grasp,
And passion for your dream is your drive,
You stand in awe – over $900/month faithfully committed
(and secretly feel embarrassed by that original pity party!).
Oh doubting Thomas,
We have so much in common!
To truly laugh without fear is to have faith.
Faith in something more.
But boy am I laughing now!
Only $180/month left to raise.
Less than 2 weeks left.
See ya later fear.
I’m too busy laughing!