Today, as we wrap up our discussion about doing scary things, I want to leave you with a final thought: you don’t have to go it alone.
A couple days ago, I told you about my experience on the blob at camp and why the only reason I decided to give it a shot was because of my friend Mike. Since he came alongside me, assured me he had my back, and expressed his encouragement and support, I felt empowered to do the thing that had taunted me for so long. I believe the same truth applies to your fears today. The people in your community are your greatest impetus to do what you are afraid of. I love stories like The Lord of the Rings or Star Wars, where groups of people band together to charter unknown territory. These stand in stark contrast to some of the modern-day parables of “lone rangers” who have to carry out scary assignments by themselves. I don’t like such tales, because believe me, nobody is asking you to do life alone, and neither is God!
Friend, your “tribe” is your greatest asset! As you move into the unknown and try new things, being surrounded by people who are cheering you on and who want to see you succeed will empower and sustain you. Even better, they will inspire you with the confidence that comes from knowing that they have your back, regardless of the outcome of your ventures. That kind of unconditional love and support is one of God’s greatest gifts; in fact, it’s the reason why walking in fellowship with others is the only way to experience Christ’s abundant life. As you continue to set goals and do scary things, never go it alone; instead, make sure you are supported by community in love and prayer!