Let's talk about having too much fear, because that is something that I feel is my weakness.
Too much fear can cause you to chicken out of some of life's simplest yet sweetest moments.
When I saw her walking down the aisle in her graduation cap and gown, I felt pride in my friend for making it her Senior year. I glanced down, expecting to see the pretty little mint wedges I'd loaned her for her special day. To my disappointment, I saw her simple black flats instead. I'd had a feeling she would change her mind, but I'd hoped so much that she would overcome her fear and let her glamorous self take a walk for a bit; especially as her fellow classmates strutted down in tall wedges and heels. However, I understood her decision. Flats are safe, they're comfortable, and she'd be ensured a safe walk up and down the stairs to the stage.
Yet it got me thinking, which led to this post about fear. Too many times in life we let our fear dictate us. It keeps us from taking chances, from saying "yes" to something unknown or unfamiliar. Even something as simple as high heels.
If we stay safely swaddled in our blanket, how will we experience the world? If we stay inside our cocoon, we'll never metamorphosize into a free roaming butterfly. How will we branch out and learn to grow? How can we expect things to change when we're not willing to take chances on reaching our goal?
As a Christian, I have faith in God's plan for my life. Yet when I talk to other Christians about this, I hear too many lackadaisical responses:
"Just pray and see where He takes you."
"You'll see, it's all in His time."
While these are points that I agree with on a certain level, I also want to take a more active role in my life. It may be easier to sit back and wait, but did we forget that verse in Jeremiah?
You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.
I want to take this verse and apply it in the way I live as well. I want to full-heartedly seek out my purpose in life - and if I take a few detours along the way, so be it. If I reach an old age, I want to be able to look back on my life and smile over the misadventures I may have taken, and know that at least I risked the chance and know, instead of never knowing what might've been. We need to seek full-heartedly God's will for our life, and pursue it with a passion. I want to forge ahead and not let fear stop me from taking a chance that could lead me to something even better than I imagined.
This will always include wearing all the crazy shoes I want!
After all, what does that one quote say?