Carpe Diem (April 26, 2009)

Carpe Diem (April 26, 2009)

(This was originally posted on April 26, 2009 (I also wrote a version of it here). I was reminded of it after a conversation with someone today who was dealing with fear. As I reread it today, I realized I had lost a little bit of my own BRING IT ON in this season of life. How about you? Maybe this is something you need right now too. Go get ’em.)

 

Yep. I’m raisin’ this one. She has mine and Angela’s blood surging through her. And yet, sometimes I look at her and think to myself, “Where in the world did you come from?”

Like this moment. On a ride with some friends at Disneyland. The Tower of Terror. It drops you what seems like a million stories. Then it shoots you back up to the top story. Then plummets you back down. Then back up. You get the drift.

At some point during the near-death experience, they have the nerve to snap your picture. You never know when that picture’s gonna happen. All you know is that you’re going to look ridiculous in said picture, no matter when it’s taken.

Lily Kate? She didn’t know about the picture. All she knew was that she was going to love the ride. And she threw her hands in the air with NO FEAR. She threw caution to the wind. Literally. I was freaking out and nervously laughing at stun-volume (to hide my total freaked-outness), while she jumped into the moment with full force. Check her out:

That’s Lily Kate. That’s the way she lives. She’s going to use that God-given tenacity to take in every moment. Sometimes that tenacity wears me out. But mostly it makes me love her so much it hurts.

I want to live like that. I want to trust God in every moment…and trust that He will keep me on track even when I feel like I’m going to go flying off of this ride. And trust that even when the force of my circumstances dare me to think that I might go plummeting down so hard that He can’t catch me, He, in fact, will.

And when I look back at the snap shots of my life, I may be holding on tightly sometimes. A lot of times. And that will be ok. But I hope there will be a few moments frozen in time where I have thrown my hands into the sky, thrown my head back, and with a smile a mile wide on my face, said to the One I trust the most –

I TRUST YOU! BRING IT ON!

I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.
John 10:10 (The Message)

God is our refuge and strength. Our very present help in trouble.
Therefore, we will not fear.
Psalm 46:1-2 (NIV)

WE WILL NOT FEAR.

12 Comments

  1. Mary Kelso on January 19, 2012 at 8:15 am

    This is GREAT! I need to read your stuff more often. Our youngest has this same fearlessness about him. It simultaneously surprises me, terrifies my mothering instinct and thrills me beyond words. It’s amazing how much of trust and faith (and a whole lot of other things) we can learn from our kids. Parenting is the greatest thing ever!!!

  2. Fran on January 19, 2012 at 8:18 am

    How absolutely true Lily Kate!!! She is the most happy fun loving full of life child! What a gift she has been given…having a child that is currently in the midst of intense fear and insecurity, I pray over and over and over for God to fill him with intense trust and joy in Christ….have a wild fun time on this journey. Don’t let Satan win or have any ounce of you.

    Thanks for sharing this. I wanna be like Lily too. Arms raised and screaming in fun over life!

    See you soon!
    Blessings,
    Fran

  3. Gayla McKinney on January 19, 2012 at 8:32 am

    I loved this the first time and needed it today a’s a reminder to be bold for Christ!

  4. Punky on January 19, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Love that. Needed it in the worst way right now… funky scary season of life. Learning to live it scared-but by all means live it! Thx for reposting.

  5. Stephanie Kaufman on January 19, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Man, your words are so inspiring. Just when things get rocky, this is a reminder for us that there is a greater power! We should…FEAR NOT! He is always with us!

  6. Kelly S on January 19, 2012 at 8:52 am

    I loved this the first time I read it, (and I cant believe its been 2 yrs). She is precious, and I am so encouraged, again. Thanks!
    WE WILL NOT FEAR!
    YES and AMEN.

    ps Just finished praying for you and Angela to have a wonderful and blessed weekend.

  7. deb schneider on January 19, 2012 at 8:59 am

    THANK YOU GOD, FOR BRINGING PEOPLE WITH GREAT INSITE INTO MY LIFE, WOW, WHAT A PICK ME UP THAT WAS, IM 52 RAISING A 4YR OLD BOY AND 6YR OLD GIRL AND YES I LOVE MY GRANDAUGHTER BUT SHE SURE CAN DRIVE ME CRAZY WITH THIS SAME KIND OF ATTITUDE THANK YOU TRAVIS FOR HELPING ME SEE A DIFFERENT VIEW OF MY KAYLA, GOD BLESS YOU

  8. Steph on January 19, 2012 at 9:43 am

    I first read that story in your book, but thank you for the reminder!!! I needed that this morning!!

    Steph

  9. Leslie on January 19, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Just finished Lesson #2 in Beth Moore’s study on James. His message…LIVE IT!
    Had read this story about your Lily Kate in your book as well so think since I have been getting this message a LOT today, I better be heeding the Word!
    Thanks,
    Leslie

  10. Shannon Rogers on January 19, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Needed that today as I face something Ive been avoiding because of fear. Be careful saying bring it on. I did that once….the devil heard me….lol. He brought it…..but God brought us THROUGH it….

  11. Heather - On the Road on January 21, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Reading this post after being at the Siesta Celebration today… just what I needed to hear. Again. Whatever God is bringing, I need to walk the thing out, and not be afraid of the defeated enemy. I’m “gettin my angry on” and pushing back! thanks for the worship this weekend. Thanks for being a brave miesta in the midst of all us Siestas! Thank you for leading us before the throne of grace and being God’s instrument to help lead us into worship.

    God bless –
    Heather

  12. Jennifer T on January 23, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Travis –
    When I saw my kids after returning home from SSMTC, I was still singing “Oh (ungh-ungh), My soul (ungh-ungh), March ON (ungh-ungh) march on March ON” and they wanted to join in! We have played that song and had our dirty praise on as I PUSH BACK without fear! This post and the picture of Lily Kate are a gem. So many women ‘suited up’ this weekend in Houston. Taking back our ground and abiding in Him! Bless you and Ang!

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