my not-so-courageous life

As I was sitting in church on Easter Sunday listening to the sermon, all I wanted to do was get up, run around, and scream.

It was a really good message (you should listen to it), which is what led me to feeling this way…

I have realized the mediocre life that I live.  I live a safe life without risk and boldness.  It’s repulsive, actually.  I shy away from sharing my faith or how God is moving in my life.

In fact, even after having this realization in church, I found myself talking to people afterwards about the weather (it snowed and rained that morning) and what their plans were for the day.  BLEH!

Revelation 3:16 – So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.

That grieves my soul.  Jesus calls us to be either hot or cold.  Not lukewarm.  And, all so often I find myself just riding the fence.

All of this realization made me contemplate why it is I want to stay in my safe little bubble and talk only about the weather and our busy calendar.  Then I read this verse…

For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God?  Or am I trying to please man?  If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.

Galatians 1:10

There it is.

I fear man more than I fear God.

When I stop to think about the decisions I make on a daily basis, MOST of them are made through the filter of “what are other people going to think of me?”  When instead, according to this verse in Galatians, the filter should be “what will God think?”

That’s convicting.

Every day we are faced with the opportunity.  Will we shy away from the hard conversation because we don’t want people to think we are weird or offend them in some way?  Are we afraid they will ask us a question we can’t answer?

God is bigger, friend.

God is bigger than our fears and insecurities.

My prayer is that you and I will make decisions to please God, not man.  Even if people think we are weird or different.  We live for an audience of ONE.

At the end of my life, I want to hear…

Well done, good and faithful servant.  You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much.  Enter into the joy of your master.

Matthew 25:23

So, whatever happens today.  Whatever fears you face or when things don’t go the way you hoped they would…

Be STONG and COURAGEOUS.  Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Joshua 1:9

Every day we have the opportunity to be strong and courageous in the little and the big things that come our way.  You know why?

Because Christ has RISEN and we get to celebrate…not just on Easter Sunday — EVERY.SINGLE.DAY.  He has conquered the grave as much today as He did that day and we get to live victoriously because of that truth!

Go live courageously — because of Jesus.

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