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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

On Fear…You can



Now to him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
Jude 1:24 (AKJV)

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?
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This week’s God-sized Dream Team writing challenge was to answer this question…
What’s one fear you’ve faced when it comes to your God-sized dream? And what’s the truth that’s bigger than that fear?

The truth is, I am often afraid, though I am loathe to admit it. The reality is that I am not brave; I am determined. I am resourceful. I am stubborn when I believe that God has planted me. I am expert in faking it until I make it. How might I articulate my fears? Part of my problem comes in seldom copping to them-you can’t very well admit to a fear you don’t claim to have…

We profess faith, do our best to pray
and live our beliefs, but still we stand still,
not stumbling, more afraid to move and
possibly fall than remembering,
He is able to keep us from falling

CLICK IT. YOU CAN
I couldn’t let pride stop me; I had to push forward. I decided to look back at things I’ve written to see how and where I’d written about fear…I write about it a lot. As much as I write about fear, I write more about pushing through it, and that’s the lesson.  The fear I am confessing to? Asking for help. The truth bigger than that fear? God created us for community. We were never meant to be alone, disconnected either from the Father or from one another. So, I’m reiterating the encouragement I wrote for myself nearly 18 months ago.  I need it again…

You can.  Whatever you honestly desire to accomplish, assuming it is good, true, noble, right, pure, lovely, or admirable, according to Philippians 4:8, we are to think on those things.  And after thinking on them, go do them.  We can.

I spend so much time stressing, worrying about possible outcomes and contingency plans that I realize I’m wasting my time on the wrong stuff.  He is able to keep us from falling.  And that being so, what would we try, what might we accomplish, fully believing we could not fail?

I gave myself a personal challenge recently…Mark Nepo, a modern poet and philosopher, wrote my new wake-up call…."The flower doesn't dream of the bee. It blossoms and the bee comes. It’s confirmation of the still small voice, coming to me from the Universe, my Father God…“You can.” I couldn’t be the only one frequently paralyzed by fear of falling short, failing, not quite making the grade.  I couldn’t be.  Why are we so afraid? We profess faith, do our best to pray and live our beliefs, but still we stand still, not stumbling, more afraid to move and possibly fall than remembering, He is able to keep us from falling….You can.

You can.  Really.  What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? Here’s a secret.  You’d leave it all on the floor. It would be your Oscar, Tony, Emmy, and Grammy performance, with an encore and two curtain calls.  There’s more…another secret I learned though I often fail to draw upon it.  If your failures do not kill you, they make you a little bit fearless.

So. today, there’s not a lot to it.  Get ready…here’s the lesson.  You can.  Your fear is biggest when you fail to call it by its name.  Most of what you imagine will never happen.  You could.  You should.  You can.  You must.

Stop reading, and go do.  You can.  He is able to do more, with and through us, than we ask or imagine, because we are His, by virtue of “…His power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20).  So, don’t be afraid anymore, I’m trying not to be, because He’s got this….He’s got our back.  His will never takes you where His grace cannot keep you.  He never leads you any place He hasn’t already prepared for you, and you for it, so go. Do. You can (skairdy-cat!)

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