It is the end of 2015, the beginning of a new year. Remembering the years gone by, I pull out my journal dating back to 2006, and I stumble upon an entry dated March 20, 2008, in which I wrote, “I want to live with a fearless heart. Courage at hand when the path gets a little dark.” I stop reading and ponder over the words of my twelve-year-old self. What does it mean to be fearless, and what does it mean to have courage?
To be fearless is to not only master fear, but to believe that by taking action one can conquer a barrier (fear) that separates oneself from a greater possibility. The action taken is called courage. I may fear failure, for example, but if I begin to become comfortable with the possibility of falling down in failure, I can get up and make greater efforts for success. One may not live completely without fear, but one may learn how to be free from fear. If one has the perspective that fear does not have the power to conquer oneself, then one can conquer it. Faith, unyielding confidence and trust, can dissipate the power of fear. With faith, conquering a fear begins to look less daunting and more feasible.
If to be fearless means to master fear with the belief that one can conquer a barrier, then what does it mean to have a fearless heart? 1 John 4:18, the English Standard Version, says, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” If love casts out fear, then to conquer the barrier, one must have love. When I said, “I want to live with a fearless heart,” I may have been saying that I want to constantly have a loving heart so that I may not live in fear. If my heart is in the right place, then when “the path gets a little dark,” I can see with clarity in the midst of trouble and act courageously.
For the new year, my resolution is to live with a fearless heart. There will be moments in my life when I will need to walk into the water of fear. I hope to have faith to travel the stream that leads to greater possibility, whether that possibility is for me to grow and mature or to experience an opportunity that I could not have had without conquering a fear. I hope to live with a fearless heart and fathom the outcome of faith.