I personally haven’t had a heart of fear for years. I used to think I was immune, but as greater responsibility crept in, I noticed I was more apt to be concerned. Then… the IRS showed up. Right when I was in the process of selling off HealthSprout offices, and closing them, and laying off employees, and down sizing the machine that had run to 7 offices over night.
And when all of that happened at once…
I became IMMUNE TO FEAR.
Well, I first had about two months of sleeplessness, but then, then I fully resolved to the thought, or ideal that I am sure you have heard before. Having God is enough. Well, for me, the thought was God and Family.
When the switch is flipped, where that statement is no longer a phrase on a plaque at Wilbur and Rudy’s, and instead it is a solid, foundational belief which you are stating your life upon. The world becomes bliss. As I listened to the song at church this morning, “I am no longer a slave to fear, I am a child of God”, I knew what I wanted to write about today. The guest speaker and author, who writes “Laugh to Keep from Crying” in her book, and plows that home in her life; is saying, when the circumstances are so stacked up, that it looks like a character in a sit-com, I look for reason to laugh at that.
Basically, it has been what I have lived with since 2008. When the world is crashing down, stop. And ask the very real question… IS the world crashing down? How many more years will I live? Is my family intact or in Heaven? Am I intact or heading to Heaven?
I ask these questions so that:
1. I can regain composure that there is opportunity to correct whatever is happening.
2. If there is nothing wrong with my family, then what else could matter, if they are in Heaven, should I not rejoice this moment?
3. And likewise, if I am still alive, then move forward, and if I am dead, then Heaven is a really cool place.
It’s a wake up call set of questions, one designed to remind me, there is nothing to fear. And I have pretty much lived this way since 2008. If there is opportunity, take it. If there is a chance to live wildly, do it. If there is a chance to love ambitiously, then do it.
I am a child of God. And that is one pretty impressive pedigree.
I thought about dreams today, as the speaker spoke of mourning the loss of ones dreams. I don’t know if I totally agree with her. I get what she was saying, as one chapter of your life begins to resign, and you realize that you won’t be living into that specific dream you had for your life, mourn the loss of that dream so that you can fully embrace and love the life that you have been given. And I get that. But, I also get that God has called you to greatness. So I wrote, and you can consider this for yourself as possibility, or not… but here it was:
David was not given incredible blessing from God. David was given the path that God gives so many of us. Opportunity. What set David apart was not that God handed him Goliath, or that God handed him the throne to Israel. It was not God who served up David’s life on a silver platter. It was God, who gave David opportunity… like He gives us. The difference is that David had incredible faith in God’s plan. From the time he killed a lion, and a bear, to the time he beheaded Goliath. He was acting in faith. Faith that made him FEARLESS (as the song says). He was a known child of God, and as such, was willing to do amazing things. God in turn provided more opportunity, as this man was truly a servant, and in his servant heart he grew God’s influence over the nation of Israel.
If it makes sense to you as it does to me, then… LIVE IT! No more spirit of fear, you can do anything and everything. This goes for everyone. I hope you can shed some fear and stress along the way.
Be well and Be blessed! - Dr. E