Reintegrating the spiritual into the everyday is the key to fearlessness and offers us the freedom of not having to be in control all the time, of not always having to be the one who makes things happen. But ending this division is not easy when we’ve stopped even acknowledging that we live caught between these two worlds. When we’re consumed with climbing the career ladder or just making a living, the spiritual seems unreal and far away. So we keep it conveniently penciled in one day a week, we seek it out only in moments of crisis, or we deny it altogether while trying to convince ourselves that we can overcome all fears and obstacles on our own.
Here’s the bottom line: If you believe in a God who only judges and punishes, or if you believe that there is nothing but an accidental, indifferent universe, it’s going to be incredibly hard to move from fear to fearlessness because, after all, the essential characteristic of fearlessness is trust. It’s the trust that there is meaning in our lives, even when our limited minds are unable to see it, the trust that’s captured in one of my favorite verses in the Bible: “Not a sparrow falls but that God is behind it.”