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And Bob's Your Uncle

I do not have a spontaneous bone in my body.

I mean that in the most literal sense. I am not impulsive. I hate making decisions and usually go out of my way to leave the big ones up to other people, and most of my life happens within a comfortable status quo that I have no problem with 90% of the time.

When the idea of a bob haircut first struck me, it was almost laughable. Inspired by one of my favourite characters from Marissa Meyer's The Lunar Chronicles, and later by another favourite character from the Disney T.V. show, Jonas, I tossed around the idea lightly at first . . . then more seriously . . . then a bit more seriously. And then when I knew I was sufficiently serious, I tossed it around some more. And some more.

For months.

The details of my hair fears are irrelevant to this post: I'm thankful I have it, and that's all I'll say on that note. Because what bothered me more than the prospect of hating my haircut was the realization of how crippled I had become by something so minute, something so insignificant. Terrified to make a change or try something new or risk a couple months' regret—out of fear.

It bothered me. My fear, my stagnation bothered me. Not because of the hair, but because of how it reflected who I am as a person and as a child of God.

Never in the Bible are we promised a life that is never disrupted by change or risks or choices with uncertain consequences. Never in the Bible does God take fear as an excuse for being stagnant and unwilling to step into the unknown. It bothered me that something so inconsequential could paralyze me—if I couldn't even change my hair, what would I do if God asked me to step out in faith and make a real change, a life change, for Him?

So I did it. I put it in His hands, got my answer, sat in a salon chair and did it. And honestly, no matter what I think of the result in the months ahead, I truly believe I needed to. For the person out there who can use it more than I can, but also for my own spiritual growth. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (II Timothy 1:7)

Be bold today. Don't waste fear on unimportant things. Thank God that life comes with risks—big and small—and that not one of them is out of His control.

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