“It’s day one of the rest of my life. It’s day one of the best of my life. I’m marching on to the beat of a brand new drum, yeah here I come, the future has begun, day one.” – Lyrics from “Day One” by Matthew West
“The good ‘ol days are still ahead of you, may you have many of them” – one of my favorite quotes by Audrey Hepburn, seen daily hanging on a wall in our home. Have you had a season in your life where you long for a good ol’ day or when one day just kinda runs into the next, where you find yourself wishin’ for what has been or could be? Maybe that is where you are right now. Well, I’ve got great news for you – this is a new season! One for marchin’ on. One for taking extra weight off your shoulders and walking lighter and brighter. Come on! It is spring and newness is all around us!
I had the opportunity to tell a friend the “birthing” story of the “Fearless and Fancy Free” ministry once again this week. This time it grabbed my heart and whipped me back into that place in time, that season of clarity where I should still be: sitting under God’s miraculous flow of grace to receive my “marching orders”. Reflecting back, those orders were as clear as could be. They were not a plan where I became stronger or bolder or more daring and courageous, but rather a mind-blowing, strength-finding journey letting go of control and power. Becoming fearLESS was so impressed on my heart, I could think of nothing else.
A plethora of “Fearless” products and companies have popped up since then, with everything from clothing to coffee to hotdogs to software and photography and the list goes on and on. We literally see them every day. “Fearless” has become somewhat of a catch phrase because culture keeps jetting forward and is looking for something with a force, a drive that will not give up, radical in it’s approach, demonstrating no limits and no hesitations. Fearless = strength. At least that is what we are being told.
That equation is intriguing. I may not be a genius at math, but what I know is this: me + fear + brute strength + boldness = a disaster. A positive outcome is not possible without God. It just doesn’t work.
Is anybody else a slow learner or as stubborn as me? It has taken me many years and heartaches to understand that this fearless thing is not about the conquering, it is about the surrender. It comes from a place of brokeness that creates exquisite beauty and where wholeness can be realized. The Bible says “perfect love casts out fear” (I John 4:18). God is love. God takes our fear and gives great peace. Only He can take us from timid to bold, discouraged to joyful, abandoned to loved, and broken to healed. I can’t, but God can.
What is it going to take for you to let God take the lead in your life? Could it just be a choice this very day to let loose of the control of this life? While I had several hurdles in life where I should have grasped this powerful concept, it was the journey through breast cancer where the “a-ha” moment finally came. I could not fix. I could not change. I could not control the speed or duration or the outcome of the journey. I was not strong. I could not just tighten my belt and make it through. No way. Through the intense wrestling to surrender it over completely to God, there, and only there, was where the “fancy free” blessing was realized. The freedom, the joy, the lighter load to carry, the peace, the almost giddy realization of God’s provision – and there is such a sweetness in that.
Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Today. Don’t wait until tomorrow to change your direction. Pick up your feet, your knees and march it out. Dance it out. Run it out. Get light on your feet and get ready for the good ol’ days ahead.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit”. Romans 15:13