Friday, October 12, 2012

31 Days of Fear{less}: Learning to Sail my Ship

No, I haven't taken up sailing recently.
The theme of today's post comes from a Lousia May Alcott quote (at least, she's the one it's most often attributed to, sometimes the internet lies and says that Helen Keller said it, so who really knows anyways?). The bottom line for today is that living fear{less} is a process.

Living fear{less} is a process. I'll be the first to say that it's not easy. Most likely, you won't wake up one morning, jump out of bed, yell "Hear I come, world! I'm living fear{less}", and have everything go as you planned. Sorry. I don't want to be a Debbie Downer, but that's just not how life works. There are storms in this life. There are hard things that we will go through. But, these storms can teach us things. For one, they can teach us how to sail our ships.

Even though I'm not a sailor, I'd have to guess that storms aren't the easiest thing to sail a ship through. There's wind. There's rain. Sometimes there's thunder and lightning. Most of my knowledge of ship-sailing comes from a scene of a shipwreck in Little Mermaid. According to this Disney movie at least, sailing through storms is not good. It can lead to you wreck your boat and have Prince Eric almost die (and Ariel have to save him)! But, it's in these times that we learn things. A "good" sailor should be able to keep his boat under control (for the most part) during a storm. Is it easy? No. But, he does it, and in the end, it makes him a better sailor, because he learns how to sail his ship. If a sailor just knew how to sail a ship in good weather, he'd be in trouble come hurricane season. It's the same way with our faith and living fear{less}. 

Living fear{less} isn't easy. But, if we can stick with it, commit to it, place importance on learning about it (even in the rough times), our faith will grow and mature. We can learn things from storms in life, so that we are better able to sail our ship come the next time. If we are able to separate from the situation enough to learn and grow from our mistakes, we will be so much better off. Living fear{less} is a process. It's not going to happen overnight. It can involve all sorts of circumstances  But, if we are able to learn how to sail our ship, which path we should take, we'll become fear{less}. We'll be able to lean on God in the hard times and get through them without having a spirit of fear in our lives. We won't be controlled by our circumstances, rather we will learn how to trust that God can handle anything and everything that life may throw at us...even those super scary hurricane-strength storms.

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