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What are you afraid of?

 

 

Several years ago in a small group setting, a number of us were posed that question, and I remember shaking in my boots. And it wasn’t because I had never thought of it before, because certainly by then I was well acquainted with my great, big three fears. It was because there was one in particular that had been gnawing away at me at that time, and I knew I had to share it.

 

 

My hands were like wet sponges, my feet I crisscrossed back and forth over each other several times, and my mouth was so dry.

 

 

So, after everyone else shared their fear, it was my turn, and I whispered, “What I fear is that when it’s all said and done, I will not have been heard.” My own personal testimony of faith [is what I meant], my own personal take on life given my heritage, my background, and all the great people God had put in my path, my time as a missionary in the Peruvian Amazon jungle . . . And not just story after story, but relevant things that could change another person’s life as it had changed mine. So, I feared that one day the opportunity to share that in a way that could impact another person as it impacted me would all disappear, and my voice would not ever have been heard.

 

 

All through my 20’s I had this crazy dream where someone or something would be chasing me and chasing me unrelentingly. I’d be there running and running and running, pumping my arms up and down trying to get away, but feeling unable to escape whatever this thing or person was that was pursuing me. And as I began to lose momentum, it or he would gain momentum, and I would get even more frightened. But the more frightened I was, the tighter my lips were pressed closed. I would breathe only through my nostrils because I knew that if I kept my lips pressed closed, I’d not be able to scream.

 

 

And why didn’t I want to scream? Because I thought not a single other soul would hear me except perhaps the one who was chasing me, and because I always thought: You know, I need to save my voice for my last hurrah! I can’t waste it right now. I need to save it.

 

 

Then, I’d realize this was my last hurrah, and I needed to do something quickly.

 

 

Right about there in the dream, I would see off in the distance a payphone, and I’d start thinking: Maybe I can call for help. Maybe there’s someone I can call who can get me out of this great, big mess I’m in.

 

 

As I’m approaching the payphone, I start digging around in my pocket for a quarter. Finally, I’d get a quarter and I’d reach my hand up to the payphone to put the quarter in the coin slot, and it would not fit. I’d try and try and try again, and that quarter would not fit in the coin slot of the payphone.

 

 

So, I’d not get to make my call, and ultimately, my voice would not be heard.

 

 

What a nightmare!

 

 

Now, think about this for a second: Why would I run and run and run without ever thinking that someone would hear me scream? Why would I think not one single other soul would hear me scream? Why would I risk my life today for something tomorrow that might not ever happen? And why, of all things, would my voice be the last of the weapons I would consider using—in such a desperate situation—the last weapon from my arsenal I would consider to use?

 

 

It’s just like an old African proverb a friend of mine shared with me: “If the lion doesn’t share his story, the hunter will.”

 

 

So, just picture yourself—imagine watching a lion face-to-face with a hunter who’s got a loaded rifle, cocked and aimed and ready to go. Now, the lion has two choices, doesn’t he? He can stand still and keep silent, or he can roar.

 

 

If he stands still, he’s likely to meet the fate of every other lion in the jungle who has ever, ever been face-to-face with a hunter carrying a loaded rifle, cocked, aimed, and ready to go.

 

 

That hunter has no other interest in him except to shoot him dead, to stuff his carcass, and hang it on a wall in his den and perhaps make sporty conversation with men wearing ascots and smoking pipes.

 

 

Oh, but if he roars—if that lion chooses to do what lions are designed to do—to roar, who knows what might happen? He might cause that hunter to pause. He may cause him to shake that rifle from his hands, and he might just cause every other lion in his surroundings to hear him, to be emboldened, and to decide he will also roar because he needs to roar.

 

 

Who knows how many lives that lion will change if he simply chooses to roar? And in so doing, he will have shared a much deeper, much ore pertinent, much more relevant story about himself than the hunter who does not even know him could possibly ever share . . . And certainly, more than that taxidermied head hanging on the hunter’s wall.

 

 

So, don’t let your dream, your story, die inside of you without ever having told it. Don’t ever leave it for someone else to tell as best they can based on what they knew.

 

 

Psalm 107:2 says this: “Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story . . . “

 

 

That means you.

 

 

I’m Sherry Boykin.

 

 

 

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