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Facing Fear

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This past weekend I was blessed to go hangout with the youth at Six Flags.  I had a lot of fun but I can remember when going to Six Flags was horrible.  The reason I hated going to Six Flags or any amusement park for that matter was the roller coasters.  I hated them, or so I thought.  To get the big picture we must travel back about 17 years when I was a young boy about to ride my first roller coaster.....

 

At the awkward age of 12 I was about to embark on a fantastic journey, I was about  to ride my first roller coaster.  I had been going to Six Flags for years and would ride a lot of the old classics: the spinning sombrero, that rocking ship I think the name of that was "the conquistador" the bobsled and the log ride.  I was even becoming a bit of a pro on the mine train and the mini mine train.  However, I had yet to tackle any real roller coasters.  To cut my teeth my parents decided that i should ride "Runaway Mountain"  This roller coaster was an inside coaster that Six Flags had just put in.  It was brand new and pretty popular that summer.  As my family and I waited in line for about a year and a day we were finally through the first turn in the line and we were able to see the sign that read from this point 1 hour.  Which back in the day was pretty accurate since there was no flash pass for people to use to cut in line, but I digress.  

 

It was somewhere around this point that I could hear the first screams coming from the ride as the roller coaster consumed it passengers with a wonton thirst for blood.  My knees started to shake, my heart was beating a million miles an hour, my palms were sweaty and I had little beads of perspiration build up on my forehead.  Needless to say I was at the mercy of my fears.  You would think that time would come to a standstill with that much fear coursing through my body.  But NO, that was the fastest hour of my life because soon I was at the front of the line about to be the next group to board.  How did that even happen, how could one moment I be over and hour away and then be next in line.  I wish I could figure that trick about because I could make a fortune.  

 

The time had come for me to get on the coaster and face my fear.  I was surprised that my legs actually carried me forward.  I got into the car and sat down, and about that time I lost it.  I was in the seat all I had to do was pull the locking bar down and ride this thing.  But I couldn't I went into full panic mode. I started to hyperventilate.  Needless to say I didn't ride the roller coaster and for 17 years I would walk through the line like everyone else but when it came time to ride I would just walk across to the exit.  

What a sad life, I hope that none of us live our Christian lives the same way.  2 Timothy 1:7 says "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." I was stuck in my fear and unable to live victoriously because I was afraid.  Fast forward to the present.  This year with the help of my wife I rode the "Runaway Mountain" roller coaster and it didn't kill me.  All those fears I have carried for 17 years melted away after I rode the roller coaster that took my joy.  I was no longer living in fear but in freedom.  Since that first ride I have become, in my own small way, a roller coaster junkie.  I can't get enough once I got that first taste of freedom I was hooked.  I have since ridden every coaster at Six Flags except for the Titan (and had it not broken while I was in line I would have ridden that one as well).

 

So, whats it going to be?  Are you willing to stand up and face your fears share your faith and live the life that God wants you to live?


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