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The BIGGEST and SCARIEST Thing I’ve Ever Done

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Community

“There was this one time…”

I can just imagine all great stories starting with that simple little phrase. I’m sure you have one or two that you could tell using that phrase. I do too.

You see, there was this one time when I was in Nigeria. I had just finished up two big festivals and I was trying to get out of the country. Normally that wouldn’t be that big of a deal, but this time it was. We had been scheduled to leave the day before but were denied permission to leave. There were men with really big guns, and it was obvious, there was a lot of intimidation going on. I’m not talking about the handguns you see carried by police officers in U.S. airports, I’m talking about really big M-16, AK-47 type guns, and you could tell these guys would use them if they wanted to.

So the following day we tried again. This time one person in our group had a very large bag of cash that would grease the wheel so to speak, allowing us to get on the plane and get out of the country. It worked.

I felt so much fear and anxiety that I ended up having a panic attack on the way to the airport during the second attempt.

It was one of the scariest things I’ve ever been through.

But looking back, it pales in comparison to what I’m attempting to do now!

My wife and I own a business called Tinsel & Twine and we produce these awesome outdoor vendor based marketplaces. Mary (my wife, the brains of the operation, and whom you should follow) dreamed up this whole thing several years ago in an attempt to creatively make some extra money during the holiday season. And what simply began as a way for us to provide for Christmas, and involve some of our super creative friends has grown and blossomed into something much much bigger.

We produce several events a year but our flagship is our Fall Barn Sale.

These events not only allow for us to involve our community and the many creatives out there, but also serve as a vehicle for us to raise money, making a difference for various non-profits that we love and care about.

This year is a little bit different.

I had an idea a couple of months ago, that were we to pull it off, would be nothing short of awesome. But on the flip side, if we fail, well, you get the picture.

It’s the BOLDEST, BIGGEST, and SCARIEST thing we’ve ever attempted to do.

We have set a goal of raising $10,000 and personally taking 20 families under our wing to provide them with an awesome Christmas experience! These are families just like yours and mine with a few exceptions. Most of them are broken homes with no father figure, and can’t afford the things you and I take for granted. Things like a Christmas tree, and presents to go under that tree.

And in the grand scheme of things, that’s not a whole lot of money, but it certainly feels that way to us!

In just typing out these words, I can feel the fear manifesting in my fingers.

But if you and I are to intentionally live a life that matters, then inevitably we’ll have to stare down some giant fears.

Fear of failure is one of those.

There is good news for you and I today though, and it comes from 2 Timothy 1:7

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”

I’ll be continuing to share some of this story, giving updates, progress reports and celebrate with you guys primarily through my newsletter, so be sure to sign up in the box below!

UPDATE: Below is a link to either buy a ticket if you’re going to be nearby, or help us reach our goal by donating! Stop by and take a look!

Tinsel & Twine Christmas Barn Sale

Tinsel & Twine Christmas Barn Sale

Starts: Thu, Dec 05, 2013 at 5:00PM
Ends: Sat, Dec 07, 2013 at 8:00PM
The Beloved Gentry’s Farm in Franklin Tennessee

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What is something that you’re reluctant to attempt to do because of fear?

What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done?

I’d love to know! Share in the comments below!

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Josh Collins

Josh Collins is a Communicator and Experience Architect who lives in Franklin, Tn. His passion is to create awesome experiences that change the way we engage audiences and help you do the same.
  • Christa Sterken

    Josh, I love envisioning what you and your wife are doing. Fantastic and exciting project. The scariest thing would border between two things: one was choosing to homeschool in a family of educators. Zero support and knowing you are taking on big responsibilities. Two would be moving several times and uprooting our lives, because life was calling and God was beckoning. People thought we were nuts there too :)

    • http://www.thejoshcollins.com/ Josh Collins

      Thanks Christa! Living for something larger than myself is all that really matters.

      • Christa Sterken

        That is what I hope for too, keep praying God will help be become less distracted

  • Ima_Squidface

    Choosing to carry my youngest son to term (or near enough)…despite knowing I’d be sick in the worst way for ANOTHER 5 months, despite the risk to myself, despite advice and even some coercion to do otherwise. Sixteen years later, and every day I see his face/hear his voice this choice is validated…he’s a gift to all who know him! And it’s odd (to me) that 2 Timothy 1:7 should be mentioned here: my son’s wrestling coach (in top 3 best influences on him) was always quoting this one too. :*)

    • http://www.thejoshcollins.com/ Josh Collins


  • http://www.reflectionsfromthealley.org/ Dave Arnold

    Good stuff, Josh! It’s awesome what you & your wife are doing. My wife & I had a similar to what you experienced in Africa when we went to Thailand & the boarder of Burma to a refugee camp.

    • http://www.thejoshcollins.com/ Josh Collins

      Thanks Dave!

Posted on: August 12, 2013

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