To celebrate my one year of blogging, this is a re-post of my first blog post back in July 29, 2011. Updated just a bit of course. Thank you to all for your support for the past year.
Family vacations are great, especially when we go to theme parks. On July 2011 we ended up in Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va.
People go to theme parks for one reason and one reason only. Well… for many reasons, but one of the main reasons is roller coasters.
Of course there are more attractions than that at a theme park. But if you listen closely to the crowds you will hear talk of getting on the baddest, meanest, fastest roller coaster on the park. And if you listen even closer you will hear them say how scary it’s going to be.
I am not an exception to that crowd. Once I again I was forced to put my fears on the back burner and gut it out to ride the roller coasters during our family vacation.
I have a couple of reasons why I ride roller coasters, first I want my youngest daughters to see that we can conquer our fears; and secondly, it helps me personally conquer the fear I have of being plunged 205 feet at a 90 degree angle, over 70 miles an hour.
We all have fears in life, whether it’s leaving a job after 10 years for a new one; deciding whether to go on a missions trip; calling on that demanding customer; having a difficult conversation with an employee; talking to your child about drugs; or even riding a rollercoaster. But the Lord, through his word has mandated us to be courageous.
Deuteronomy 32: 7 reads “And Moses called unto Joshua, and said unto him in the sight of all Israel, Be strong and of a good courage: for thou must go with this people unto the land which the LORD hath sworn unto their fathers to give them; and thou shalt cause them to inherit it.”
Joshua was to be of “good courage” because the Lord had sworn to the Israelites the promised land. When you hear the Lord speak, it’s time to take action, be courageous, and not fear.
How can you be courageous and not fear? For starters, stay rooted in God’s word and his promises. Do “it”, whatever that “it” is, even if it hasn’t been done before, and especially if the Lord has called you to do “it” ; and avoid listening to your detractors.
So what is your roller coaster to conquer?