“Everything you’ve ever wanted, is on the other side of fear.” ~G. Addair
Today, I am thinking of our children. Both of our boys decided to stay back in PA and not make the move to MO. Both of them decided to stay with their friends and schools and families. They both have parents who love them and would move mountains for them (so we know that they are in good hands). One is a Junior this year and the other is starting Middle School. I can’t blame them for wanting to stay…it’s familiar and easy…but boy do we MISS them! They are starting school today…so we are both feeling a tad nostalgic thinking about the first day of school pictures and stories that we won’t be there to partake in first hand. Thank God for modern technology and the ability to see or talk to them whenever we want to…that has made a HUGE difference!
We wanted desperately for them to come with us. We wanted to get them out of their comfort zones and into the world. We wanted them to get a more developed and well-rounded education (the schools here are phenomenal). We wanted them to experience life outside of a small town. And, I think we made a pretty good case when we presented the options to them. Alas, they chose to stay with the familiar. Most people we know would never have dreamed of leaving our small community. Why? Because the fear of the unknown holds us back from experiencing the world.
So that has me thinking about fear. I read something somewhere…probably on Pinterest or some inspirational poster…”Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” These words have stuck with me throughout my adult life. There have been numerous times that I have been faced with a decision…sometimes scary…to stay where I’m at or make a change. I can honestly say, the times that I’ve been brave enough to take the leap of faith, are the times that I have received the most blessings. This time (the move) has been no different. My marriage has been blessed beyond measure as we continue to grow together. I am blessed to be living in a beautiful part of the country. My relationship with my parents has improved. And the list could go on and on.
That being said…I still have fears! I am often faced with fear when I think about pursuing my passion…and it holds me back and prevents me from taking the leap towards attaining my goals. So, while I’m going to continue to pray daily that the boys decide to take the leap and move out here with us (even though I’m sure it is unlikely), I’m also going to pray that as they start their new school year and get ready to move onto bigger and better things, they aren’t held back by fear. That they take the steps towards going to college. That they join the school club that looks fun. That they talk to the pretty girl sitting across from them. That they make new friends and make new memories…because they don’t let fear hold them back! And maybe…I’ll face my own fears in the process!