So many of my life my decisions have been based on fear of what others will think of me. Many of those decisions have not brought me peace, joy or fulfillment. Today I am willing to put myself out there and try to be more authentic with myself and others. For me it takes courage to move outside my comfort zone. The thing about that comfort zone is I am really not that comfortable there. There is complacency, no joy, no growth, no peace because I know there is something better out there for me than this fearful existence.
I just finished a Donald Miller’s book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. He said the Bible has 200 references to NOT fear. That alone makes me nervous, because that must mean God knows we are fearful and it is a big deal to Him that we not act on those fears. Of course the Bible also talks about fearing God, that is left for another day.
It made me realize fear is a great emotion because it warns us of two things:
- Fear takes engulfs us when we are on to something big that is going to make us uncomfortable for a moment, move us toward something big, better or different. Hebrews 12:11 it say, All discipline for the moment is painful but it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.
- Fear warns us of something harmful that we need to avoid. Bad decisions that does not align with our value system or God’s ways.
So I am saying to myself, Take Courage, move, put yourself out there.