Monday, September 5, 2011

Why My Christian Life Stinks (Sometimes)

 

Why is my Christian life often deflated, and weak? These words may sound familiar to you. I wrote this about my writing last weeks. However, we can apply this to other areas of our lives. Why is our Christian life often what it should not be?

Fear is the short answer.

No fear. Sometimes I overthink things. I hesitate to say the words that are true to me. The fear of offending makes me try too hard to please. By trying to please men instead of God, my words are empty, or simply left unsaid.

I hold in the words, words of healing, of love, of encouragement, afraid my words will be rejected or misunderstood.

How do we gain enough courage to speak when our words are needed?

We’ve all heard this--Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.

When we reach that point, when we have nothing left to lose, when we have been stripped of all but our essential self, when we speak our words to please God, when we no longer fear because our greatest fears have become reality, that’s the point at which we begin to do God’s work.

Thankfully, we don’t  have to fail on epic proportions.  We need only strip away our pride, our envy, our timidity and simply lean on God’s guidance.

Surrender all! And then we will have nothing left to lose and will be free to speak without fear.

God is our refuge and strength,
   a very present help in trouble.
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 46:1-3

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4 comments:

  1. Hi there! What a great word for me today. I so often am fearful about saying the right thing, that I get paralyzed and say nothing. It takes courage to speak when we feel that by doing so, we risk rejection. I need more courage!

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  2. thought provoking....
    good post
    biiig hug
    JayBee

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  3. Fear is in all, overcoming that fear is the key.
    Very good blog post.

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  4. Aneta, so true most of us need a shot of more courage.

    JayBee, thanks for the hug.

    Dave, learning to overcome fear is a neverending process.

    Appreciate the comments!

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Thanks for sitting a spell and chatting!