You've heard that before, right?
Not by a human voice hopefully, but inside. Our brains seem to work against us sometimes. We want to be brave but there is always that little voice that says "It will work for everybody but you".
I was reminded something profound at Canada's Wonderland on June 21st.
The things the majority of us fear are usually things that someone else has gone through or experienced before. It could be a simple as dropping from 230ft on The Drop Tower or something more serious like the loss of a loved one, a relationship breakup, losing your job, getting a diagnosis or more recently in the Barrie area, having a tornado rip through your house!
No matter what it is, as a rule, someone has gone through that situation or done that thing, and they can help you!
As I stood in line to ride the Drop Tower, I began to get a twinge of "Why are you dong this?". "It could malfunction!" But I could not back out, not without overcoming this fear. My wee bit of courage came from Tim Maassarany and Denis Colley who have both been on the ride and said it was a lot of fun. Also there are thousands of others that have done it...so really, what was I worried about? With great trepidation, I did it! You can watch the whole ordeal on YouTube HERE.
You may think this is a small thing, but when you consider the fact that fear has many forms, you can see that how we deal with small things can prepare us for bigger ones!
You have a speech to give, you have to confront someone, you have to face a diagnosis or maybe you have to fly in an airplane! There are times when something is coming up and you HAVE to face it! Others have gone before you and survived! They can help!
The key is to talk to the right people. Those who have been there and made it. They can bring assurance and strength, when it's dark and seems hopeless.
|Tim and I doing a radio cut-in for LIFE just after riding the Drop Tower!|
That happened for me on the rides but also happened for the many people at the Wonderjam concerts.
|TobyMac and Diverse City bring the house down at Wonderjam 2014!|
Guys like Lecrea and TobyMac bring hope through their music and live shows, and they point you to the One who helped them through rough spots and failures. (Psst...it's GOD!)
So no matter who you are or what's going on, someone has been there, they can hold your hand and help you through!