“Do It Scared” – Samer Massad
The first Overflow of 2020, we invited our friend Samer Massad to join us all the way from Atlanta, Georgia. He delivered an incredible message called, “Do It Scared” talking about courage and what it looks like to live courageously in the face of fear.
This message wasn’t about eliminating fear as much as it is about overcoming fear. Eliminating fear and overcoming fear are two very different things. Eliminating fear is about making your fear go away completely. If you’ve ever been scared to do something or try something– you know this – you can’t just make your fear go away, right? That’s why it’s not helpful when someone says, “Don’t be scared.” If we wait for fear to be eliminated before we do something, we’d never do it. But overcoming fear is different. Overcoming fear is pushing through the fear and moving forward anyway. And that’s what this series is about – because that’s what courage is. Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is moving forward in the face of it.
It’s not that courageous people don’t experience fear. Courageous people are compelled to push through the fear. In other words, courageous people do it scared. Here’s what that means – maybe you’ve never considered yourself a courageous person but if you’ve ever been afraid, you can be courageous. So this message is about what living courageously looks like and what should compel the courageous life that God is calling you to!