If Stephanie Smith signed with a secular record label, she’d be a rising star and sex symbol. Yet, this woman from Greenville College decided to sign with the Christian label Gotee Records. Stephanie Smith’s first big break came on the Winter Wonder Slam tour with TobyMac. While Stephanie still hasn’t received the attention she deserves, I appreciate songs like Not Afraid.
There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love [g]turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! For fear [h]brings with it the thought of punishment, and [so] he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love [is not yet grown into love’s complete perfection], 1 John 4:18.
Stephanie has the stage presence of Britany Spears in the attached video of Not Afraid. While the lyrics of Not Afraid isn’t overtly spiritually, it does allude to God. Perhaps, Stephanie is referring to not being afraid of peer pressure, willing to walk away from fame as long as she can get her life right with God. If you ever feel like you’re too consumed with pleasing others, don’t be afraid to walk away so that God is honored.
by Jay Mankus