Bravery and Fear
By Donna McCrary and Sherri Holbert
“Bravery and fear are the same emotion.” I heard that statement on the radio. Immediately I chuckled. I was thinking of my children’s faces as they walked down the long corridor, snaking through the iron barriers to the entrance of Space Mountain. This was their first trip to the Magic Kingdom! They had a swell of adrenaline and emotions inside them: excited, scared, confused.
My daughter, nine, is the inquisitor. How fast will it go? Will it be fun or scary? What happens if it breaks? Mommy, do you like roller coasters? Daddy, have you even been on Space Mountain before? She was preparing for the unknown. We continued to tell them few details of the ride. We would repeat over and over to her relentless questions, “Trust us! It’s fun. You’ll like it.”
My son, seven, who lives at a speed of mach 3 on normal days, was running around at mach 10! He was bouncing, swinging on the poles, tugging at our arms. He was bopping around so fast he was only hearing half of the answers to his sister’s questions. He would swing into the conversation and hear the question, “Is it safe?” Then he would swing the other direction as we answered. You can imagine our difficulty in reassuring him when the answers he was hearing sounded like: “Will…break…will…hurt…roller coaster… Space Mountain.”
As our space shuttle ride vehicle arrived, it hit them; frozen and silent they stood. This was the moment where bravery and fear were the same emotion; the moment they had to take the step of bravery and experience the thrilling, pitch black ride into the unknown. With panic in my son’s eyes, in all his innocence he whispered, “I’m scared!”
His honest confession was followed by his sister’s, “Me too.”
We reassured them again, “You are supposed to be a little scared—that is part of the thrill.”
Are you frozen by your fear? Are you asking God question after question to prepare for the unknown? Are you bee-bopping through life so fast that you can’t hear God?
Your walk of purpose will be full of fearful moments. God is telling you, “Trust Me. It will be worth the ride.”
AUTHOR QUOTE: Turn your fear into bravery… it is the same emotion. Will you stand frozen or step out in faith?
“In God I will praise His Word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me” (Psalm 56:4, KJV).
Today’s devotion is by Donna McCrary and Sherri Holbert. As Life Coaches, they equip women to discover their life purpose. Learn more about their study DIVAS of the Divine: How to live as a Designer Original in a Knock Off World at www.walkofpurpose.com.