Monday, August 23, 2010


...because perfect love casteth out fear.
It's easy to walk through the clear water, where we can see exactly where we're stepping, and when it gets deep and where it is shallow. What takes courage is walking through the water where you can't see to the bottom. It's dark and murky, and you never know when you might go in over your head.

It's hard to believe that just a year ago, we cried and sent Isaiah off for his first year of college. It seems like so much longer than just a year. But at the same time, it seems barely any time at all since we celebrated Thanksgiving in Chattanooga, and were having a wonderful christmas holiday, and I can hardly believe we're at the end of the summer already. Life is flying by so fast I'm having trouble catching up with it, and yet, the year ahead seems unbearably long.

Life is so full of ups and downs, of joys and sorrows, and so many twisted and confusing emotions. We go so quickly from being happy to being sad, and vice versa. Even when we're happy, the water still seems dark, because we can never have any idea of what is going to happen next.

We have a couple options. We could sit in our comfortable chairs and watch life go by in a resigned complacency, content to simply let things fly past us. Sometimes I'm tempted to go with that option. But think about this...

If perfect love casteth out fear, then the knowledge that we are loved by the very person whose name is Love ensures that we can be fearless. Fearless is not just content resignation: Fearless means being bold, unafraid of what's to come, and totally prepared to face whatever happens. Are we, as the children of the King of Love, unafraid? Are we ready to boldly jump at every opportunity our King puts before us? Are we ready to courageously put God first, and let Him work out the details?

Are you ready to be dragged headfirst through life, fearless? Then let's do it!