Fearless | My Theme Of 2016

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling.

Psalm 46

I'm not really a new years resolution type of person. The most glamorous thing I do to hail in a new year is bake bread at home by myself settle on a new theme word for the year. Short and simple, that's the motto.

Taking stock of fall semester and winter break has been revelatory, as I've come to a number of powerful and sometimes painful realizations. Given my ultra-positively-wahoo-gr8times oriented disposition, I tend to focus on what motivates me into action, not what prevents me from action.

A personal pursuit that college inspired is fluency in the language of culture (take that, all you talented quadrilingual peers!). But as elaborated in the next paragraph, I underestimated the fetters of self reference criterion—unconscious reference to my own cultural values and experiences as a basis for decision (look ma, learned something from international marketing).

Fear doesn't strike my radar too often. Or at least I thought, until I realized its stains on an aspect of my life for a while. As intrigued as I am by multicultural interactions, it was and remains the most challenging to evaluate my own cross-cultural upbringing. Though I knew I wasn't meant to take on familial anxieties and pressures on my own, I acted like I was, and I in turn fell culprit to them. 

The start of this new season presents a timely moment to recalibrate my convictions with the realities of this world. To remember that his love surrounds me when my thoughts wage war. To remember that with more wisdom comes more responsibility, more sorrow yet more joy.

(And most importantly, to eat carbs because life is short.)

And in preparation for the summer internship scramble—to also fearlessly explore the tension between our next vocational, world-changing, culture-making move and how our lives affect those around us (Eddie Kaufholz for RELEVANT Magazine).

Here's to renewed living, inspired by freedom and driven by godly fear and godly boldness. 


  1. "Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord." Psalm 31:24
    In all your struggles and triumph, Christ is building you up to be more than who you are now or ever hoped to be. Take heart Vicks, there is victory in our Lord. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and struggles.

    1. Thanks Peter - your thoughts and words are always greatly appreciated :)


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