Thursday morning, I was invited back to Branchville Elementary School to paint and share my story with the 3rd-5th grade students.
I was able to share how from a really young age, I knew I was never going to be normal, but I knew I had a choice – either to let my disability define me or to be more than what anyone expected me to be, to be extraordinary rather than ordinary; and use my gifts and talents to shine light and make a difference in the world.
But I also shared, that sometimes, it is not easy. It is not easy to make that choice. And, as you live life, there is this thing called FEAR, which can get in the way.
The children were then invited to be part of the creative experience by first, closing their eyes and asking themselves, “what am i afraid of?”
and then were told to ask their hearts, “How can I overcome or crush that fear?”
When the selected students were called up to write down how they would crush their fears, some of the words (that they wrote with their toes) on the plexi glass panel were:
and facing those fears
Overcoming our fears requires courage. We are to live our lives with fearless love; love that has power to change hearts, love that is bold and love that has self-discipline to choose kindness and peace in whatever circumstances we are faced with.
We all have fears.
We all have our own struggles with fear. None of us are perfect, we all make mistakes and sometimes, we can let those fears affect the way we love in life. But be encouraged to know that we all have that choice to have a fearless spirit and the power to change how we respond and react to things in our lives.
There is no fear in love.
2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”