To Live

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”

~Anonymous

Fear debilitate and inhibits. It limits and paralyzes. Fear smothers and clouds. It darkens and controls. Fear misunderstands and angers. Unfortunately, fear can rule. Fortunately, love trumps fear. Welcome being wrong. Let it go and celebrate your creative spirit. The world needs the real you!

Too many of us, myself include live in fear, fears for a myriad of different things but they all debilitate us in one way or another. I have found that the closer I cling to my fears the less I am able to do, I am less free. Fears are tricky, some are a direct result of personal experiences while others are simply made up or felt vicariously from or through others. I have and continue to struggle with fears. I have attempted to overcome some of them while others still scare me a bit. For instance, I do not like to be in the dark literally or figuratively. When I was a kid I had fallen asleep on my parents bed, my brother and I were with a babysitter. I awoke in the middle of the night thinking I was still in the same place but I wasn’t I could not see anything and I couldn’t find the door…it probably only took a few seconds for my mom to come get me but it felt like hours. When I was in the sixth grade I did not know the answer to a history question my teacher ask me and she humiliated me in front of all my classmates and I ran out of the class crying. I have struggled with any type of public speaking because of that experience. I’m better today, I even passed my speech class in college but I partly attribute my passing the class to deliberately taking a class with total strangers so when I messed up it was not in front of people I knew. I received my B.A. in Secondary Education but I was completely freaked out to be in charge, student teaching was interesting but thankfully I had amazing Teachers to support me. My first year out of college I taught at a local high school where I grew up, it was ok, I enjoyed coaching girls volleyball, basketball and track and taught swimming to elementary kids. My heart was just not into using my skills in this arena and my fears didn’t want me being a focal point. I have never returned to traditional teaching in a school but God opened doors I never knew existed to use my gifts and talents. Both my praise and adoration goes out to all the teachers that inspire and educate the youth of today, it is a huge challenge and you openly accept the call. So, I’m not going to bore you with my whole life history but I will tell you God has done amazing things and has provided opportunities for me to use my Education degree in multiple ways throughout my professional career. I have a very dear friend that gave me a book not long ago called, “conquering FEAR-Living Boldly in an Uncertain World” by Harold S. Kushner.” I heard this phrase a few years ago and I really like a lot, “Name it, Claim it.” If our fears remain at a distance and we never try to understand them, they will always have us under their control. When we “name” our fears and choose to “claim” our fears that is when “WE” control things. We may still have fear but it no longer holds the key to where and what it is or what it can do, its power at the very least is diminished. The best part of all this is, you don’t have to do it alone, God will be with you the entire journey, all you need to do is ask Him.

Friends, I can’t imagine some of the fears you are facing, some I will never endure but there is someone who does and He loves you unconditionally. If you don’t know Him, write me and I will introduce Him to you. Or simply say God, I believe in you and I want you to come into my life and live. I recognize I am not worthy because I am sinful but I know you can save me. I ask this in the name of Jesus, your Son. Amen.

References:
Psalms 23: “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul.He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff—they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.”

This is the prayer that Jesus taught His Disciples to pray is found Matthew 6:9-13 (NKJV)
“In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”