He is not here; He has risen, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay. Then go quickly and tell the disciples: “He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see Him.”… So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell the disciples. Matthew 28:6-8, emphasis mine
Fear does not disqualify me.
And the absence of fear doesn’t make me brave.
Jesus makes me brave.
Jesus offers joy. And JOY TRUMPS FEAR.
Jesus doesn’t always eliminate my fear. But He’s stronger than fear.
Oh, He is stronger. Oh, that I would remember.
Remember I love you.
Remember I made you.
Remember I know what I’m doing. I don’t make mistakes.
And I Am trustworthy.
Remember I have given you a gift. It is not just for you. It IS FOR YOU. But not JUST for you. There is good for you to do in the world, to bring to the world.
Remember you love to __________________________________.
You love __________________________________.
Remember you love Me and you have heard My voice. You know My voice. You recognize My presence – even though you sometimes ignore Me.
Remember you’ve been entrusted.
Remember I never called you to do any of this apart from Me. You were never expected or intended to do this on your own.
Remember, not how to be brave. But Who makes you brave.
(Now crank this up and believe it.)