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  • Writer's pictureJeff Kent

At the Top of the Sliding Board

            There he was just sitting at the very top of the sliding board.  This little guy was probably three or four years old.  He was looking down toward the bottom of the slide, and you could tell that he was contemplating the whole situation - Should he let go and try the experience of the slide or not?  No doubt he was having some anxiety, even fear, because he sat there for some time.

            Most people experience fear or anxiety at doing something new.  Maybe you can remember back to being like this lad at the top of a sliding board for the first time.  Were you a little scared?  Did you ever have to get up in front of a class and give a report?  What about public speaking?  A lot of guys are afraid to ask that certain girl on a date.  Those who were in the military experienced many situations in which fear had to be conquered to accomplish a mission.

            Someone has said that courage is not living without fear, but courage is being able to overcome the fear.

            When it comes to our serving the Lord and standing up for what’s right, there are certain things which often cause us anxiety.

            Some brothers hesitate to participate in the assembly whether in leading prayer, reading scripture, even singing.  Making a phone call or visit to a wayward member is not easy.  Some of us are afraid to take on the responsibility for even some part of a work or project for fear of failing.  Speaking up in a crowd can be intimidating.

            Our Creator understands fear, for He created us with the capacity for fear and experienced it Himself in the person of Jesus.

            Scripture is filled with words of encouragement from our Lord about overcoming our fears and how He will be with us in helping us do just that.  Jesus often taught about handling fear and encouraged His disciples about not being afraid.

            So, when you’re sitting at the top of your sliding board, hold to the Lord and remember His words: “Do not fear, for I am with you.  Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.”

            By the way, our little fellow finally did let go and zip down the slide.  I hope he had a blast.

                                                            ><>  Jeff

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