*Fear paralyzes a person’s hopes, dreams, and ambitions. Its strong presence of guilt keeps us from doing the things in life God has called us to do.
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. Deuteronomy 31:6
Have you felt called to lead a small group, play an instrument with the worship team, park cars at church on Sunday? Whatever you have a passion for, take a leap of faith and find your fearless side.
This is what fear looks like to me…
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 the thought, your mind shifts to the deep end of the pool and notices a group of kids looking up at the diving board chanting “Cannonball! cannonball!”
A young boy 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.*
My writing journey began when my sickly dad dreamed that I should write children’s books. I don’t know where the idea originated from. I just assumed it was his health.
Several years later, I started taking online writing courses. I took two classes and enjoyed each one. But fear and doubt crept in, and I put my writing away for six years. It wasn’t until Breath on Paper came along that I was able to write again.
The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1
I used to tell myself, I don’t have time to write. But that was my excuse NOT to write. I would study the craft of writing. I attended online webinars, watched you-tube videos and joined the local writing group at my library. And that is where it ends. I didn’t use what I’ve learned and applied it to my writing.
It’s funny how I find myself editing others’ conversations. I look for words or phrases that catch my attention, look for possible storylines, and I have a journal by my bed in case of late-night inspiration. Time is not an excuse I can use anymore. Since being diagnosed with cancer this year, I have plenty of time. But I have nothing to show for it except more books, a library card, and a stack of notebooks.
Am I holding onto to the writing dream because of my dad or because I’m called by my Heavenly Father?
For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.-Isaiah 41:13
Are you hanging onto fear? Or have you found a way to overcome it? Please share your insights with me and our readers. I’d love to hear from someone who has been in my shoes.
You are who God says you are!
You are fearless!
*Excerpt from original Breath on Paper blog post dated: May 19, 2016, titled “1-2-3 Jump”
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Recently diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Tonya Masoner continues to write for BoP when she is able. She doesn’t ask “Why me Lord?” She embraces the journey God has set forth for her. The battle has already been won. God has walked before her and now He leads her to victory. Her Breath on Paper bio can be found here.