Not Afraid to Live

Rabbit hiding near Lake Ray Hubbard

I once was afraid…

Afraid to live

Afraid to die

To laugh, to love, to play, to try

Afraid to dance

To take a chance

To wave my hands

To sing and prance

To say hello

To smile

To blink

To breathe

To speak

Afraid lose

Afraid to win

Afraid to give

Hard-pressed to forgive

Afraid to let go when it’s time to do so

Afraid to hold on…and wait for my change to come

Afraid to live my life out loud so that the world will know

Conflicted and paralyzed

By the things I over-analyzed

The fear of man superseded the fear of God

But I will be your slave no more, fear

God’s Spirit lives here, so you’ve got to stay clear

His perfect love is always near

Whom the Son sets free is free indeed

And I am not ashamed of the gospel creed

Now l live and move and have my being in God Who sees

The fearfully, wonderfully, authentically-made me

The “me” that only I can be


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