photoFear is a legitimate feeling.  It is fear that keeps us from jumping out of a moving car, etc. When DJ was 6 years old, he didn’t know he had a fear of public speaking, until he walked out on stage for a school performance, and threw up. A fear, born.  Was it legitimate? Depends on who you’re asking. Nonetheless, DJ has avoided public speaking since. Until this week, when DJ learned he’d be competing in sectionals for a spelling bee. This meant he would have to public speak. And to public speak, he’d have to conquer a fear. I’m proud of DJ for winning the sectionals. But you know what? I’m more proud of him for revisiting a fear from five years ago, and having the courage to forge through it. On Friday, at the sectionals, DJ kept his iphone in his pocket with a bible verse we had texted him.  DJ recounts his legs “were shaking like an earthquake,” but he’ll also tell you this helped a lot too: “Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9). DJ walked up onto that stage and spelled his words without me, his friends, or his teachers. But he did it. And I believe it’s because he knew who DID walk up there with him.  Wherever you are walking today, you may have fear, but your fear doesn’t have you. God does.

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