Fearless means to be without fear. Synonyms include bold, brave, courageous, valiant, heroic, and undaunted. I don’t know about you, but none of those describe how I feel. Alexander Pope wrote, “fools rush in where angels fear to tread”. And while I would prefer not to think of myself as a fool, I hardly think he was referring to the days when I have to psyche myself up just to make a phone call.
I think there are times in our lives, though, that we exhibit fearlessness. We would prefer to chalk it up to doing what we had to do in a difficult situation, and certainly there are those moments when we have little time to think through our choices. Sometimes we just have to face the inevitable simply because there is no other way but to move forward. We fail to acknowledge or give ourselves credit that we were courageous. I’ve written about courage before.
My Bible study today was a review of Abraham’s life. God certainly used this patriarch of the faith mightily. Beth Moore wrote that we “picture spiritual giants as people who felt like spiritual giants….they were more likely to picture themselves as insecure and unsure, scrambling at times to figure out what they are supposed to do next, and wondering all the while if they were getting anything right…They may have tripped and wobbled along their race, but they made it across the finish line having done what they were called to do”.
Is it any wonder then, that today’s tune, Fearless, started to play in my head? I’m not brave, valiant or fearless, but I also don’t have to live in fear. After all, I am not running alone.