In 2011, when Fearless and Fancy Free Ministries began, the word fearless was not the catch phrase it has become today. Today, it is used freely and frequently because it signifies a brute strength, which our society has come to admire. The slogan fearless, characterizes a radical, no holds barred, unique outlook with no limits, and companies use it to communicate they have a force and drive that will not give up. Ironically, the birthing of the Fearless Ministry did not come from that root idea of getting out there to kick butt. As the founder of Fearless and Fancy Free Ministries, Kim Hamilton, says:
“In the journey of my life, there were roads I was forced to travel where I adamantly did not want to go. On many of those roads, I was afraid. To survive, I learned how to “buck up” and appear strong and walk confidently. That depleted me.
What I had to learn, most times the hard way, was how to live life void of fear, without putting my big-girl pants on. I had to learn how to not run from the fear, but rather embrace it and hold it and surrender it piece by piece to the only One who could disperse it from my heart. I had to come to a place where I knew God so well, and trusted Him so much, that I could live, from the inside out, a life without fear because I had put it all in the hands of the gracious God who made me and loves me fiercely.
This unique kind of fearless comes from a place of brokenness; the goal is not to conquer but to surrender.”
You may not think you or your organization deal with any aspect of fear – but chances are great you do, as it comes in many forms: pride, cliches, attitudes, work ethic, control issues, lack of performance or ability to change, and the list goes on. If and when the concept of surrender is grasped, it opens the door to a whole new way of working proactively, loving passionately and leading powerfully!
Hope. Faith. Contentment. Humility. Boldness. Servant Leaders. Students. Daring. Deep. Creative. Strong. Focused. Aware, Loving – are those words that describe your team? That is what happens when fear is replaced with surrender. Wow! With people like that on our teams and in our families, great things will happen!
“Kim Hamilton is a gifted musician and skilled communicator. Her music comes from the depths of her soul and her story has been developed in the crucible of living life. From the low points of deep sorrow to haunting fear, Kim developed her strength in the Lord especially as it was expressed through music, pouring from her heart in worship. Her journey is one of encouragement, of power and of hope. She tells her stories with convincing clarity and conviction.”
President, Heart and Soul90
Director, The Church Planters of the Rockies