I read a quote the other day. Not just any quote, but one of those quotes that makes you stop and truly gobble up each word. One of those quotes that you can’t simply just read, think, ‘humph nice thought’, and go about your day. No, it was one of those quotes you read again and again; wanting the truth to soak in and permeate through out all of you because you know that this quote will have impact far greater than you can imagine.
My quote went a little something like this, “Replace fear of the unknown with curiosity.” Now, isn’t that simply the most delicious thing you have ever heard? Oh my goodness I love it. I. Love. It. I. Freaking. Love. It. Who has ever thought of such a thing? To replace fear with amazement and curiosity. Instead of staring down a new road with trepidation, you gaze ahead with wonder and delight because you simply have no clue what’s about to happen so basically anything can literally happen. Oh, don’t you just love that thought?!?
I do. I can’t tell you how many times fear has frozen me in my path or how many times fear has stopped me from being bold and adventurous and curious. So, to think upon the possibility of substituting fear with something much more fun is honestly just amazing to me. Or better yet, it’s freeing.
Yes. Freeing to think that next time a curve in the road comes along that I cannot see past, instead of trembling and pausing and not going forward, I can steady myself, take a deep breath and let curiosity push me forward. I can take the static energy of fear and turn it into a driving momentum pushing me forward to delight in all the little unknowns God has waiting.
Fear of the unknown, bah you have met your match! Curiosity and excitement will overcome your doubts and what-ifs. I, literally (in every correct usage of that word), have no clue where my life is going or what the heck I am doing. There are a million possibilities of where and what I should and can do, but I have no clue which one to choose or which way to go. Lately, this has had me beaten down and so confused, but now I choose to delight in the unknown; to bask in the gift of God wanting to surprise me with the next thing and to just enjoy the right now.
So I challenge you: What do you fear? What has you stopped dead in your tracks, keeping you from taking the next step? Replace the fear and the doubts and the questions and the what-ifs and let your curiosity get the better of you. Let hope that something far greater than you could ever imagine is waiting just around that corner-just after that next little step of faith. Go ahead, what have you got to lose?