Today was the climax of much anticipation and many interesting conversations around my decision to go skydiving. The build-up itself has been an experience as have the many conversations sparked and different perspectives shared with me.
One such conversation from a mentee of mine asked the obvious — ‘why, Mel?’ LOL. My response was that the short answer is for the experience. I had been told that it was like none other, the feeling of limitless, physical freedom in flight, and the peaceful bliss of the silence at such heights. And they were right…
The long answer is that
I believe that God places the best things in life on the other side of fear.
It’s a quote dubbed from one of my inspirations for taking the plunge, Will Smith, on his own skydiving experience.
While it’s a quote that he’s popularly remembered for, it’s also one often shared by us ministers of the gospel, as it reigns very true and beautifully accentuates a governing principle in life — everything you want is on the other side of fear.
In being transparent, it’s fair to say that there are things in my life (as with others, I’m sure) where I feel like fear has held me back from accomplishing all that I could. So, this is the first in a daily journey of confronting fear, squaring up, face to face. I went on to share in that conversation that while doing something like jumping out of a plane doesn’t make you a man or obliterate your fear itself, it is a challenge of sorts to say to self, ‘if you can face this, willingly, you can face anything.’
Will Smith went on to say that “at the point of maximum danger is the point of minimum fear.” And he was right. Second to my salvation only, I can think of no other feeling or memory that was so liberating… When I should’ve been terrified to death, there was a feeling of peace, calm, and excitement.
One last thing I took away from this, and also beautifully illustrated by Will, is that what did I need that fear for? The fear that cripples and only ruins my day? The fear of anticipation of what might happen? Up until the jump, what was there to fear about? I wonder, how often do we linger in fear and allow it smear everything enjoyable in our every day lives?
For me, this wasn’t about dreading the day coming. But I learned a new way to put fear aside and carry on. What’s holding you back?
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