Good vibes only.
Reach for the stars.
Never give up.
Affirmations we share with our friends and children. We tell our children they can be anything they want to be when they grow up. Officer Judy Hopps tells little baby toot toot that if he wants to be an elephant when he grows up, then be an elephant.
At some point in our lives, we believed we could be the next president, a doctor, a lawyer, go to an Ivy league school. We believed we could be astronauts or actors.
I had no idea what I wanted to be. Nobody ever really asked so, I never really thought about it. I didn’t even know what I wanted to be during my last semester of college. Weeks away from my degree in sports management but I wanted to work with animals.
Here I am…all grown up…and I still don’t know what I want to be.
I want to be an unapologetic follower of Jesus, respectable, loving wife to my husband, and raise some pretty cool disciples who love not only God but also love who God created them to be.
I want to have no regrets in life. I want to fully accomplish what Jesus has planned for me.
I want to speak the truth, even if my voice shakes.
I want to stand up for what’s right, even if I’m standing alone.
I want to do what’s right, even if it’s a lonely road.
I want to be brave. Courageous.
But what do I want to BE? Society has taught us that sure, all those things are nice and perhaps even admirable…but what are you…what do you DO?
Fear tells us that we aren’t enough. Fear of other’s expectations, of disappointment.
Once upon a time, I ran track in Jr. High (oh, heyyy midwest!)…I didn’t particularly enjoy it but I was pretty good at it. I remember getting my rear handed to me in seventh grade when I had to compete with eighth grade, cross country girls. I remember keeping up with a girl who ran AAU track during the summer for the first two laps then giving up.
I told myself there was no way I could go two more laps with this girl. She was way better than me. She was faster, had more stamina and more experience. Nobody ever beat her. So fear took over and I stopped trying.
When high school came around, I was the bottom of the totem pole. A freshman. There was no way I could compete with high school girls so…fear took over and I quit.
Fear changes things.
We lose sight of the big picture. We let fear creep in and tell us we will fail. We aren’t good enough, smart enough, we don’t love Jesus the way we’re supposed to.
Fear tells us that the life we dream of, doesn’t happen for people like us. He tells us that we’re mediocre and that’s all we’ll ever be. Stop dreaming. Stop trying. You weren’t born for more than you are. You are a loser. Your life will never change.
Listen to me and Zach Williams…stop doing what you’re doing. Clear your mind, come back to this line right here – > Fear is a LIAR.
FEAR is not good enough for YOU. Fear can do NOTHING to you.
Oh sweet friend…I have some pretty great news for you…the chains that fear has shackled on you? Can be broken…shattered!
You are not a slave to fear.
You are not a slave to chains.
You are not a slave to guilt.
You are (or can be) a new life. A new creation. You have a new master..and He will break your chains, He will set your FREE! He will give you LIFE and TRUTH.
He is God.
When you give your life to Him, there is no room for fear. There is only room for love. God is love.
He will break through!
When your heart is filled with the true joy of knowing Jesus, there is no room for fear. How can that be? Fear is not from God. God is love.
“For the Lord your God is living among you.
He is a mighty savior.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
With His love, He will calm all your fears.
He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”
They say the only thing you have to fear is fear itself. Apparently whoever “they” are haven’t read their Bible much! Over and over and over again….countless times, we’re told to fear God. In fact, it’s our duty to do so!
“Fear God and obey His commands, for this is everyone’s duty…”
Fearing the Lord is a topic for another day. But the fact is – God is the only thing we should fear. We should fear missing out on the opportunities God has laid out for us. We should fear not trusting Paul when he tells Timothy what kind of God we have and what kind of spirit He has given us..
“for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self control.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV) *emphasis mine
A spirit of POWER! Girl, you have POWER given to you by God! Not only in your spirit but in your heart. The power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead? That’s inside of YOU! Just ask Jeremy Camp…
Fear has no business running your life. You are much too busy and powerful for that business. So, tie up those running shoes, join the team, and pass them with flying colors.