… I remember it while trying out for a team in middle school.
….I remember it as a 18 year old walking into ESP for the first time.
….I remember it on the ride in the airplane before my first jump.
… I remember it sitting in the office before asking him for funds.
… I remember it holding my dad's arms before walking down the aisle.
… I remember it before heading to the hospital in labor with child #3.
It is that feeling in your gut. The feeling many may despise and yet others live for. It’s the stomach churn before a scary event or big life opportunity.
It is boldness.
Boldness can come in the smallest of moments, before taking a test or striking up a conversation with a new friend. It shows up in the stark life leaps as we begin new chapters.
The inspiration behind the year of boldness at ESP came from watching our campers this summer. Individuals who are clearly clothed with challenge, and yet they push through physical limitations, mental restrictions and emotional gaps to zip line, to rock climb, to make a new friends, to learn to swim, to try something new.
Why do I, and so many that I know who do not have the same challenges, often lack courage? What can we learn from such a special population of people?
I think the answer is simple.
Saturday at Big Hearts Be Bold we will see 70 friends take the stage in front of 2,000 people. They will not be overcome by fear. They won’t be concerned with what they are wearing, if they’ll say the wrong thing or what others will think. The friends of ESP are simply overjoyed with the feeling of hope- the anticipation of the cheers, the claps and the smiles of those looking back at them. Boldness is simply a choice to value hope over fear.
And so, as I move into this weekend and face the many speaking opportunities I too will have, and as I move into this year and beyond, my hope is that I, and those around me, won’t let fear take hold as we grow old. Instead, be inspired by the souls God put around us to remind us that when we feel that stomach churn that Boldness is a force. It moves you from the edge of fear to the freedom of possibility.