What room does fear have?

By —— Bimpe Alafe

 

I used to be afraid at night
Afraid of the dark
Afraid that the darkness itself would surround me and swallow me up
As if darkness were anything more than simply the absence of light
I used to be afraid of tomorrow
Afraid that who I was would continually dictate who I am
And that who I would be might be someone who I didn’t like very much at all
As if there was no such thing as being made new
I used to be afraid of opinions
Afraid that the words would not break my bones they certainly will shatter my dreams
I used to be afraid of failure
Afraid of losing
Afraid of falling
Afraid of being wrong
Looking absolutely stupid because who am I to think I could actually make a difference?
As if those setbacks were anything more than stepping stones on the path to success

I USED TO BE AFRAID!! USED TO!!
But then I did a little research and I kept coming up with the same exact questions
WHAT ROOM DOES FEAR HAVE?
When I claim to trust

WHAT ROOM DOES FEAR HAVE?
When I lean on hope

WHAT ROOM DOES FEAR HAVE?
When I search for something more, when I discover what is good and when I stand in awe

WHAT ROOM DOES FEAR HAVE?
When I run with perseverance
When I walk by faith and when I rest in comfort

WHAT ROOM DOES FEAR HAVE?
When I sing with praise
When I take hold of inspiration
Explore the possibilities and step into freedom

WHAT ROOM DOES FEAR HAVE?
When I discover strength
Embrace courage
Remember peace
Declare truth
Choose joy
Experience life
And conquer death

WHAT ROOM DOES FEAR HAVE?
When I find perfection in the one place I never thought to look
In weakness
When I am saved by the most unlikely of heroes, by grace

WHAT ROOM DOES FEAR HAVE?
When I step out of the darkness and I bask in the light
When I let the past be the past and the future has no limit
When they can talk all they want but their opinion doesn’t matter
And when failure is nothing more or nothing less than the road by which I walk my path to success

I will ask you one last time WHAT ROOM DOES FEAR HAVE?
When in his word he tells me 365 times DO BE AFRAID !
As if I needed to hear that everyday

WHAT ROOM DOES FEAR HAVE?
When I make room for love

I ask again…. WHAT ROOM DOES FEAR HAVE?

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