The Drain Hole

And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.  Matthew 10:28


As a five year old just learning to ride a bicycle, I was terribly afraid of storm drains in the road.  As I approached them, I would shout out, "Drain hole! Drain hole!” and swerve out into the middle of the road. 


The greatest fear in my five year old mind was of falling into a storm drain.


Finally, my father pulled me aside, got me off my bike and walked me over to one of the storm drains. "Now, I want you to go down into that drain hole."


I tried, but couldn’t.  I couldn’t even force one of my legs down into the drain.


"Stephen,” he said, “you can’t fall into that storm drain. That's nothing to be scared of.  But here’s what you should be scared of.”  He pointed to the middle of the street and said, “Every time you swerve into the road to miss the drain hole, you risk being hit by a car or truck that could run you over and kill you.  That’s what you should be scared of.” 


My basic problem was this: I was confused about what I should fear. 


One of the greatest Christians I have ever known continually makes a brave and courageous stand for God’s Word.  He has been used of God to make a difference for Christ all over the world.  He told me this:  "I've never done anything that courageous. In fact, anything good I've ever done has been motivated by one fear:  the fear of disobeying God."


Don’t be confused about what to fear.  The only one whom we should fear is God.


Have a great day, and keep moving forward!