During my daily commute, I tend to listen to audio books more than I listen to the radio. I have a few favorite book series that I listen to at least every other year. One of them is C. S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia. Probably my favorite version is a set of audio book cds where each book is read by a different British actor.
Yesterday, I finished listening to The horse and his boy. There is a scene towards the end of the book where Aslan, the great lion who is the son of the emperor beyond the sea, meets the horse, Bree. Throughout the book, Bree is a rather proud character with an overly inflated view of himself. After failing to live up to his claims, he is dejected and sulky. Aslan calls him to come forward so that he might set the horse to rights. Bree is reluctant and hangs back. Aslan calls him a second time with the words, “Do not dare not to dare.”
What a great statement of encouragement! It’s one that I need to hear often.
God calls each one of us to experience a truly abundant life. In John 10:10, Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” He wants us to experience a richer, fuller, more vibrant, exciting, fulfilling, fruitful life than we ever dreamed possible.
Far too often, however, we hang back and make excuses. Like Bree, it may be a result of failure. We believe we are losers and God could never love us. It may be pride that keeps us from admitting we don’t have it all together. It may be complacency or a resistance to change. It may be fear of the unknown.
Whatever the case, God calls to step forward and be transformed. He encourages us to take a risk. He tells us to set aside our fear and take the first step of faith, and then to follow it with further steps of faith.
“Do not dare not to dare.”