6 Feet Small
I'm a self-diagnosed music addict. If there's no music playing in a room, there is in my head. I'm sad to admit, recently it's been a battle between One Direction or any of the songs off the Frozen soundtrack. Allegedly, one horrified stranger may or may not have caught me singing this song quite loudly. Watch out for walls, people. You turn that corner and your whole singing career is cut short by the face of a very confused man.
Getting back on track, I love music. I listen to the words over anything else. The way I see it, it's a story that someone needed to tell. Sometimes I can't identify at all. Sometimes it's all I can do to keep from hurting for the writer. One of the lyrics that will always tug on my heart is nestled in a song titled "83."
It's pathetic, but this has been the anthem of a lot of my years. (With the addition of 2 inches of height and probably the subtraction of a smile) I've let fear consume me and make me small. I've let it over take my decisions and keep me "safe." What a liar. That's all it is really. It's a lie. Fear is believing the lie that somehow we'll be better off choosing comfort and safety. Even though we understand that the only way to get better at anything is to challenge ourselves, we listen to that voice that says, "Just stay in and watch Netflix."
Do the safe thing. Be a consumer and never a composer. Don't risk it. You'll never be good enough. Watch others at a safe distance. You couldn't possibly do what they do--much less do it better. Surely you'll fail.
Are you kidding me? Every single one of us has a fire burning inside that could write a thousand movies. We could be the authors of stories that inspire millions. We could unleash the passion that has been so perfectly planted in the bottom of our hearts. We could start a revolution that is unstoppable.
1. Pick your scripture
Mine is 1 Peter 3:14-17. When I get crippled by the worst fears it's because I'm not thinking of this scripture. When I'm bold it's because I'm remembering that verse, "Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened."
2. Know your scripture
Fear wants you to forget what made you strong. Know your verse, or part of a verse and be able to say it to yourself when you're in the midst of your worst fears.
3. Go with God and do it
Do the thing that fear says you can't. Go and defeat it with a Father that sacrificed it all for you to have a full life. I dare you. No matter how much fear convinces you it'll hurt. Worst case, you get to high five Jesus in heaven knowing that you conquered fear.
Don't let fear get the best of you. It's not worth it. Already, at the ripe old age of 24, I can honestly say that I look back on my life and I'm disgusted at how tightly fear held its grip on me and kept me from what I loved.
I'm no longer accepting 6 feet small. Not when I've got the love of the boundless, limitless, perfect God.
Join me in standing tall. We've even got a theme song.