Welcome back to part two of the Run Towards the Roar Series part two!
Run towards the roar is an African proverb that describes how when lions hunt they will place the oldest and weakest lion across from the hunters in the grasses. When a potential meal comes galloping by the lion will roar loudly scaring the poor creature into running the opposite direction...where the strongest lions are waiting to pounce.
In life we can come up against the same circumstances when something like insecurity, anxiety, or doubt "roars" at us causing us to become afraid and run in the opposite direction.
I believe that our best lives are waiting on the other side of fear. This isn't a new concept at all. I'm probably the billionth person in the world to make that statement. But it's so very true. As humanity discovers more and more about living fuller lives - we are stumbling upon the simple message that we must be able to push past fear and keep moving forward.
In this video I take time to dive deeper and share some personal roars in my life and two practical ways you can run towards the roar.
Two roars in my life
When I found out that I had Multiple Sclerosis a year and a half ago my world was turned upside down. I had to be in the hospital for 7 days for steroid treatments after an active lesion in my brain stem caused me to temporarily lose function in my limbs and then parts of my face.
I was completely reduced to zero after my hospital stay. I could barely make it around my backyard after I got home and it took months before I could even clean my house without feeling worn out.
I remember just wanting my life to return back to normal as quick as possible. The scariest thing to me at the time would've been to just accept what was happening to me. To accept the diagnosis of MS. After I went to the Mellen Center at the Cleveland Clinic I realized how REAL this diagnosis was. If I wanted to live a full life I had to take things seriously and in order to take things seriously I had to accept what was happening to me. I had to start taking active steps to increase and maintain my health through medication, diet and exercise.
I realized that if I wanted to be the best mother I could be I would have to accept that I was someone with Multiple Sclerosis and if I wanted to live out my purpose I would have to accept it and move forward.
Moving forward for me meant running towards the roar of new eating habits, new work out habits, new mindset habits and more. It was all scary but it was also all doable!
Only a week after coming out of the hospital I had a trip to Los Angeles scheduled to attend the premiere of a short film I had co-produced and co-starred in. In fact, our team received two nominations for our work!
I was weak, 20lbs over weight and scared about taking a trip like this without my husband. I almost convinced myself not to take the trip but deep down inside I knew that I had to. I couldn't let this diagnosis stop me from living my life either.
So I decided to go even though I was shaking at the thought of going far away from home so soon after being hospitalized.
Let me tell you that this was one of the most AMAZING trips I had been on. Not because it was L.A. but because I was able to celebrate doing the thing I love most - making movies. I experienced a beautiful red carpet event with my closest friends as well a chance to meet many like minded and talented filmmakers. I'll never forget how great it felt to have my first interview and really share my thoughts on Christian filmmaking.
The experience changed my life and I would have missed out if I had let fear cause me to turn back and let my dreams get devoured.
How do you run towards the roar?
So now you know that it's important to run towards the roar instead of letting fear turn you around to run the other direction. But HOW do you actually do something like that in real life?
1. Sober up
1 Peter 5:8 says
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
The word "sober" means to be calm and collected in spirit, not drunk, not full of toxins.
So how do you get free of those toxins?
You have to know who you are in Christ. Not what other say you are, not even what you say you are but you need to find out what the one who created you says about you.
2 Timothy 1:7 says
God did not give you a spirit of fear but of love power and a sound mind.
The voice of fear is not what you were given. When you think that you hear a voice trying to tell you not to live out your passion because you will be picked on or that you're not good enough or smart enough to do something - that is NOT your voice. You were not given a spirit of fear but of love, power and a sound mind.
His love for us drives out our fear because He’s always with us even in the darkest times.
Psalm 23:4 says
Ye though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil, for thou are with me thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Yeah I had to go King James on you right there!
God is with you in the valleys because he loves you so you don't have to fear evil.
When we express our love to God through worship our troubles and fears seem to diminish in comparison to Him. When we focus on God I believe that new solutions and opportunities will present themselves in ways that hadn't happened before!
Even though we may feel weak or insufficient at times as we run towards the roar, God is able to fill in the gaps for us.
2 Corinthians 12:9 says
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
When you are fearful you can be out of control. Your emotions can take over and cause you to act cray cray. But when you remember that God is in control you can then have self control over your thoughts and actions.
When you’re wondering why this is happening? What’s going on? Why am I taking this detour through the valley of the shadow of death? It feels like a detour to us but God is really trying to take us somewhere for a reason.
We need to let go.
2. Let go
It's important to let go of limiting beliefs and bad habits. I had to let go of what I used to think being an actress meant - I thought it meant moving to LA, auditioning, etc. But I’m here in the Midwest, a mother and a wife and still I'm able to be a filmmaker and an actress. In the future I hope to move to a place where I can do these things on a larger scale but to be honest when I was growing up I never thought this would be possible without moving to L.A.
Maybe you have a vision of what things are supposed to look like but it’s not happening so you feel down and depressed and your’e waiting for your life to start instead of living it.
Let go and receive whatever God has for you even if it doesn’t look like how you wanted.
Let of of the extra - toxic thoughts, toxic activities - take a media cleanse and get quiet
Let go of the how. -Letting go doesn’t always mean letting go of something you want. It means letting go of the how. Sometimes deadlines back fire and cause worry, depression, feelings of failure.
Set the date but hold it with an open hand. God can make it happen sooner or later but it’s always right on time.
Proverbs 16:1-3 says
We may make our plans, but God has the last word. ask the Lord to bless your plans, and you will be successful in carrying them out.
In the end it always comes back to relying on God to help you overcome your fears and keep running in the direction God wants you to run. There is no magic formula to accomplishing these things in your life. But if you desire to change and live a life bigger than you've imagined take a leap of faith and run towards the roar!