I have to admit that was the mom quote of the day, yesterday. I watched from my kayak as my sons climbed higher and higher in a great leaning tree, grasped a bungee rope and leaped out 30 feet over the Little Miami River, before plunging into the current. I was terrified.
I had seen at least 15 other brave souls climb that tree and jump before my own child began to climb. I had cheered and laughed as they swooped over the water, yet when it was my own child I couldn't help but shout "Don't be too brave" as they climbed higher and higher. I regretted it almost immediately. First for the eye-rolling look that says "MOM!!" and second because I think they took that as a personal challenge, let me show you how brave I can be!
How do we keep going when the obstacles before us make us tremble? Be a little bit too brave! Look at the obstacle before you and take it as a personal challenge, and then climb a little bit higher than you thought you could.
The statement "do not fear" is found 57 times in most modern translations of the Bible and "do not be afraid" is found 46 times! Some argue that "fear not" and similar phrases of encouragement are present in the bible 365 times.
A very dear friend once showed me this lovely anagram for fear...
E - evidence
A - appearing
R - real
and my all time favorite Ann Voskamp quote - "All fear is fraud, and nowhere on earth is beyond the reach of God."
Can I encourage you today to climb a little bit higher? too walk a little farther out onto that limb, to leap without the fear of falling, but whooping and hollering with joy? Can I encourage you to smile wide and be a little bit too brave? Because the One who formed the universe has called you, and He is the one who holds you, who catches you, and who calls for you to leap without the fear of falling.
Be a little bit too brave today.
The one who has called you is faithful, He will do it! (1 Thes. 5:24)