Think about this: Who would be afraid to take a chance if fear were a positive force, not a negative one? I want to suggest that all along, fear has not been the enemy. It has been your friend, letting you know that this is unfamiliar territory as well as giving you a heads- up when it is time to acknowledge yourself. And in addition we come to see that in embracing our humanity, the things that we saw as weaknesses or character defects are but the path back to ourselves. Not something to deny, but something to welcome and celebrate. Think of Moses at the burning bush, Gideon in the barn who knew their character defects, but were on their way to discover who they were in Christ. Fear is just an affirmation of your growth. It’s just a way of letting you know you are alive and walking out into the unknown. Invite someone to take a closer look at Christ and his church.