The King and the Criminal 

There was once a criminal who was arrested and sent to a king for punishment. The king offered him a choice of two punishments. He could choose either to be hung by a rope or take whatever was behind the big, dark, scary, iron door. The criminal quickly decided on the rope. As the noose was being slipped on him, he turned to the king and asked. “By the way, out of curiosity, what’s behind that door?” The king laughed and said: “You know, it’s funny, I offer everyone the same choice, and nearly everyone picks the rope.” “So,” said the criminal, “Tell me. What’s behind the door? Obviously, I won’t tell anyone, for where I stand now I am as good as a dead goat,” he said. The king paused and whispered, “FREEDOM, but it seems most people are so afraid of the unknown that they immediately take the rope.”
For reasons such as this, I think fear should be re-named “inter-fear” – because it is constantly interfering with our getting what you ought to have in life.
So many of us cling to the familiar blindly without evaluating other options of life. Yes, unfortunately, too many of us live our lives choosing the familiarity of a rope (aka: familiar pain, familiar struggle, familiar patterns).  Sometimes going for the unknown alternative can lead to freedom and ultimate happiness. Its called dare! If you have a dream, don’t just sit there. Gather courage to believe that you can succeed and leave no stone unturned to make it a reality. In a world filled with hate, we must still dare to hope. In a world filled with anger, we must still dare to comfort. In a world filled with despair, we must still dare to dream. And in a world filled with distrust, we must still dare to believe.
Have courage to push past your fears! Decide to finally take off those ropes that bind and blind you. Start bravely opening up those doors which lead to the unfamiliar – dare to dare! As you move into this week, remember not to let your fears hold you back! Leave your fears at the doors of yesterday and walk confidently toward the future, so that fear can no longer “inter-fear” in your life.


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