The 2 Contagions That Surround You

The 2 Contagions That Surround You

A few years ago I was cruising around a lake with some friends when we noticed a bunch of boats parked in a circle around a cliff overlooking the water. Lots of people were jumping out of the boat and swimming toward the shore. We went over to see what was happening.

All those swimmers were getting out on the shore and climbing the back side of the cliff. I decided I wanted to go see what they were looking. So I did the same. When I got to the top of the cliff there were at least a dozen people up there all standing around. One or two would shuffle up and look over the edge, then back away shaking their head. I went up to the edge, looked over, and decided these people were making a wise decision.

Just as I was about to head back down the trail one guy gave a loud shout and jumped off the cliff. The crowd on the top walked over to see if he survived. He made a huge splash then emerged from the water with a first in the air, “Woohoo!!” That was all we needed. We all started jumping in, one after another.

Both fear and courage are contagious. We choose which one we will spread.

We live in scary times. There are thousands of things to fear or be worried about. If you listen to most of the voices around you you’ll catch the contagion of fear. You’ll live in self-defense mode, protecting what you have, afraid to move forward.

Or, there’s another contagion that you have the capacity to spread. Courage. It only takes one person to take the lead. One person can inspire hundreds, thousands, and millions to be brave.

In this world of fear you can be that person that causes many to be courageous.

Don’t surrender to the sickness of fear. Spread courage. You spread it by stepping out and doing scary things, trusting that “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.
Psalm 46:1-3