We went to bed at 10 last night. But I could not sleep. Perhaps it was the large Cappuccino I consumed at 4pm for Sunday afternoon Kaffee und Kuchenzeit. Okay, it was most likely the Cappuccino I consumed at 4pm for Sunday afternoon Kuchenzeit.
Anyway, I couldn’t sleep. So I finally got out of bed and moved to the window in the living room. It was 11:30 by then, and I was curious about Bayreuth streets on a late Sunday night. I only sat there a moment before I grabbed my camera and started studying the light and the way it cut through the darkness.
Here’s a little bit of what I saw.
I used to be afraid in the dark. Then I learned that living afraid, no matter what time of day, is not really living at all.
(T)he Life was Light to live by. . . The Life-Light was the real thing: Every person entering Life he brings into Light (Jn 1:5a,9).
So last night, as I watched the quiet nighttime streets of our home-for-now city, I opened eyes wide for beauty I would have missed were I still living in the afraid.
Because afraid is a dark all its own. Only it doesn’t reveal beauty or cool things like this. It hides them.
You see, the thing about the dark used to be the unknowing. Unsure of what may lurk that my eyes couldn’t see. Afraid of surprises for which I could not prepare.
The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out (v5b).
Then I realized that the Light of Life holds every bit of dark unknowing in the very palm of His hand.
And I decided I would rather fear the Light of Life than the dark of fear.
I am on a mission to live Unafraid, and I’m looking for fellow sojourners. Because so many times, it’s the subtle fears that freeze us up and keep us from the real kind of living. And I don’t want to be kept from any kind of living.
So I wrote a manifesto to remind myself where to put my fear. I’ve been working on it for a while now, a self-challenge to live. Unafraid. A reminder to live apart from the scared that keeps me from the real life Jesus came to give us.
I think it will help you, too. Because so many of us live in survival mode. Hopping from intimidated to scared without a second for breaths of fresh air.
That’s why I turned the manifesto into an e-book. One that I want to give to you. Seriously.
In all truth, it’s a little bit scary for me. Because there is a super whole lot I do not know about e-book publishing. But, well, I’ve decided to live unafraid, so today I’m facing the scary and offering it to you.
If you sign up for email list, I’ll send the link to my free ebook right to your inbox. Can’t wait to for you to read it! Seriously. You can sign up right here. Just click this link. Or you can move over to the right side of this web page where it says, “Sign up here to get your free book and email updates.”
So go read it. Tell your friends about it. Send it to them. Join the unafraid movement. Tweet about it at #lifeunafraid. Then come back here and tell me if you’re in. Because I want to pray for you as you journey to unafraid.
But first, tell me — what’s something you probably missed out on as a kid because you were too scared to try it? Tell me in the comments.