It’s a hot and sunny day. The bright sun beating down on the back of your neck and the sweat dripping from your forehead begs you to inch just a little closer. As you begin to ponder that thought your mind shifts to the deep end of the pool and notices a group of kids looking up at the diving board and chanting “cannonball! cannonball!”
He walks to the edge of the diving board carefully placing his toes in just the right spot. He takes a deep breath, leaps into the air, knees to his chest secured ever so tightly by his arms and he hits the water with the biggest splash. His head emerges from underneath the water with a grin from ear to ear knowing his mission is complete.
As he comes up for air, you wish you were more like him: Fearless. Instead of watching from the shallow end of the pool with both feet in the water adjusting to the temperature so you can move one step closer to the deep end.
Does this image sound like you? Has fear stopped you from making progress in certain areas of your life?
Writing was not something I had chosen for myself. My family and I had been taking care of my dad who suffered a heart attack. He awoke one afternoon from a nap looked up at me and said, “I know what you need to do.” Humoring him I replied, “OK, dad what do I need to do?” He grabbed my arm looked me in the eyes and said, “You need to write children’s books.” Where that idea came from (I’m believing it was God) I do not know. I had never talked about it or even thought about writing.
Years later circumstances fell into place and I was taking on-line writing classes all because my dad had a dream. I too the first class and enjoyed it so much that I took the next class. But something happened. I became discouraged with my writing and felt that I was not good at it. So I stopped writing for about six years. I missed it but not enough to give it another try.
God is good and circumstances again fell into place and here I am today writing for Breath on Paper. After all this time I was able to pick up a pencil and write again. This time it wasn’t about writing chapters in a book but writing from my personal growth experiences in Christ. Each and every day God reminds me that I can.
I WRITE BECAUSE I AM LEARNING TO BECOME MORE FEARLESS.
Fear paralyzes a person’s hopes, dreams and ambitions. It’s strong presence of guilt keeps us from doing the things in life God has called us to do. Deuteronomy 31:6 tells us: be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you or forsake you. If you have felt called to lead a small group, play an instrument with the worship team, park cars at church on Sunday, or whatever you have a passion for, take a leap of faith and find your fearless side. – Tonya
Tonya Masoner is a part-time legal assistant and full-time school custodian. She enjoys thrift shopping, pizza Sunday’s and binge watching Netflix. She loves telling people-“God’s got a sense of humor… I don’t even drink coffee.” Her Breath on Paper bio can be found here.
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