Lately, I’m seeing an underlying theme in many of my posts. I’m being reminded of the same important lesson over and over. A few weeks ago, I wrote a guest post for Jon Stolpe where I said this:
It never fails, I’ll write about something that is on my heart and it becomes the learning portal for the day. The books and blogs I read, the conversations I hear, the sights I see, and the people I encounter seem to offer one more important piece in the learning puzzle. Every experience sheds more light on the lessons I am intended to learn.
I am currently being taught this lesson again:
When we choose to take the “safe” route…
When we choose the path of least resistance…
When we choose to make decisions based heavily on avoiding the hypothetically unpleasant “what if” scenarios…
then we are not living by faith…we are living by fear.
I’ve been guilty of this way of living so often in my life, that now I tend to recognize it when I see it. Hmm…maybe fear really does have a smell.
These recent lessons have been a great reminder to me that I don’t want to shrink back in fear. I know what the consequences have been in my own journey each time I’ve made decisions based on fear. Even though my goal was to avoid pain and aggravation, it never worked out that way. Had I just trusted God in the first place, I would have avoided a lot of headaches and uncomfortable lessons.
What about you? Have you ever been tempted to shrink back in fear when God was calling you to step out in faith?
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7
Linking up with Jen at Finding Heaven