Over the past couple of days I've seen two quotes that have really stuck with me. I didn't have to screenshot them or save them in my notes, they were just instantly locked inside my head.
1.) The first quote comes from Will Smith, who said, " God placed the best things in life on the other side of fear"
2.) The second quote was by Steelers head football coach, Mike Tomlin, and it went something like this: "What we're capable of and what we're willing to do are two COMPLETELY different things."
I'm in the process of discovering both my fears and my capabilities.
My fears are created from within, I've conquered small fears and I've conquered larger ones. Starting this platform, 'Through2Eyes', was a little scary, and I'm beyond grateful that I have. When I gave my speech at Howe High School in April, I didn't sleep that night. I was scared to go in front of an auditorium full of high school kids and give a 15-20 minute speech.
As I reflect on those former fears, I realize that I wasn't afraid of them until they were presented to me. Remember, "God placed the best things in life on the other side of fear". If I don't know what I'm truly afraid of then I'll never know what those "best things" are.
So I continue to look, I continue to search, and when I find something that causes fear in my soul... I attack it. Well at least that's the plan. If I don't go after it then I'll never know what is on the other side.
I know that I am CAPABLE of attacking my fears, I know that I am CAPABLE of conquering these fears when they are presented. The question that I'm required to ask of myself is: "Am I WILLING to do what it takes to adequately conquer my fears?"
I sure hope that I am, it takes a certain level of maturity for your will to rise to the level of your capabilities, but it also takes a certain level of optimistic foolishness to go after your fears.
The conquering of fear, as well as the will to meet your capabilities, stem from one thing: LOVE.
1 John 4:18 - There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
Am I looking for what I fear?
Am I looking for inner willpower?
Or am I simply looking for what I love?