I have heard it said that on the other side of fear is where we see the most growth.

And I keep questioning why I let fear stand in my way. Why I let it hold power over me that I never wanted it to have. Fear of what it would be like to walk away from a friendship. What it would be like to run and give it my all. Or to admit my fault in letting fear control various aspects of my life.

It’s a humbling experience to see what fear is doing to my life. I realize that three years ago I should have been in a plane crash, but wasn’t. And seeing fear through that moment and living made me realize I couldn’t live my life in fear. Yet, here I am, a few years later, and fear still holds on to some aspects of my life. Three years ago I returned to running, despite being fearful of reinjury, and decided to give it my all.

And by the grace of God, I have seen so many amazing things come from overcoming this fear. So my question to myself is, what would my life look like to overcome the current fears I have? What would it look like to let someone in when I am so afraid of being used and cast aside? What would it look like to walk away from a challenging situation, even though my initial reaction is to accept defeat and mend what is broken in order to keep it going? What does it look like to truly try, knowing that fear will be there the entire time, but just seeing what could happen?

Clearly in the year of intentional I am being faced with what it looks like to be intentional in overcoming fear in a few aspects. As I write this, I know that some aspects of overcoming these fears will be easy. But some will be the hardest things I may endure. But regardless, I can’t let fear hold me back. I have to be willing to see what is on the other side.

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