Imagine a large piece of wood on the ground. It’s thick, it’s sturdy, it’s two feet wide, and it’s about 30 feet long. If I asked you to walk across that piece of wood on the ground, could you do it? Could you do it easily? Would you think, “Why is she asking me to do such a silly thing? Walking across this piece of wood is so easy!”
Now, take that very same wide, sturdy piece of wood, and put it between two very tall buildings, so that piece of wood is now hundreds of feet of the ground. If I asked you to walk across that piece of wood, could you do it? Could you do it easily? Or would you think, “Why is she asking me to do such a crazy thing? Walking across this piece of wood is totally insane!”
What’s the difference between the two scenarios? That piece of wood is still the same. It’s still strong, it’s still sturdy, and there’s more than enough room for you to walk across it. The difference is the fear. The fear of “What if I slip? What if I fall? What if the board doesn’t hold me?” All of those fears that fill our mind because of the surroundings and circumstances around us prevent us from seeing how easy the actual task is.
The truth is, it’s just as easy to walk across that board, whether it’s on the ground or 50 stories off the ground. The truth is, if we had blinders on and could only see the piece of wood, we would cross that piece of wood easily.
How many things in our life are just as easy as walking across a piece of wood on the ground and how many of those things do we make a million times harder by allowing our fears and worries cloud how easy it actually is?
I was pondering this very notion when it hit me. Life isn’t as hard as I think it is. That’s not to say there aren’t struggles at times. But I had to ask myself, “How many of the mountains in my life are really molehills?” How many of the things that make me think, “What in the world am I going to do?” can actually be pared down to one, easily manageable challenge that isn’t really all that scary?
I know there are some things in life that seem to be out of our control. Bills will come, no matter what. The economy, to put it simply, kind of sucks right now. But you know what I can control? The way that I view things. Do you know what YOU can control? The way YOU view things.
I’ve decided not to be scared to walk across that plank. I’ve decided to not let my life be controlled by what-ifs or maybes. I’ve decided that every challenge, no matter how big or how small, will be something for me to overcome, not something to be scared of.
I challenge you to look at the things in your life, to look through any fears, to find that plank – that one simple thing that you can do – and do it. Don’t be afraid. Be brave. Be confident. Be blessed.
If at anytime you feel those fears or doubts creeping in, remember, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I cast away all fear in Jesus name and fill up with courage and clarity. I am not afraid.”