If you haven’t figured it out yet, readers-I am weak. I am nothing, unless God does… something. For I can do nothing apart from him. (John 15:5) If you haven’t figured that out, don’t feel bad, because I just realized it myself. Yes, truly. You have my permission to pity me for it taking me so long to discover. I quickly forget how helpless I am on my own until I’ve finally spent enough time on my own to find out. Well, let’s just say I finally spent enough time!
I have many years of fear behind me. I have backed down on things I didn’t want to back down on. I gave up on some dreams fear talked me out of. I have ignored God when he clearly told me He’d be with me. I have even behaved like a coward.
Despite starting this blog and learning to fight some of the fears tormenting my life, I have still let them have control over me sometimes. I have been stubborn, resistant to change. But this year, I’m finally ready for something new. I’m ready to submit my fears to God Almighty, and watch them become masterpieces in His hands. I don’t want to have another year of fear. That’s why I’m going to make 2011 different through the grace of God working with my weaknesses. Yep, you heard me right. I didn’t say without my weaknesses as my perfectionist personality would demand (and I’ll never be rid of them as long as I’m here and not in Heaven), but with them. Through an obedient, teachable heart, God can turn even weaknesses into strengths.
So I am going to try and focus on going into 2011 with such a heart. I will not back down or quit. I am going into the new year with a plan, a purpose, some goals, and a whole lot of prayer. As you already know, this is the year I’m going to drive. That specific fear won’t even think about touching me by the time I’m through with it.
Have you, like me, given up some dreams because of fear? Are you afraid of another year ravaged by the same fears you were ravaged by in 2010? Are you ready for a change?
Then will you join me this year, committed to make such a change? Will you, perhaps, make your very own Fear List and start taking down the joy-stealers haunting your life? For that’s all that fear is, really. Robbing you of sleep at night and the ability to enjoy the moment you’re in. So let’s bring joy back into our hearts once more. Instead of the year for fear, let’s make this a year for fear to remember. For, “Those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’ The Spirit himself testifies with our Spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs-heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” (Romans 8:14-17, NIV)
Join me this Friday as I talk about practical ways for you to not only create your own Fear List for 2011, but also ways you can conquer those fears, too. We’ll talk about how planning, persistence, purpose, prayer, and praise can make all the difference for a more fun-filled, less fear-filled year.
Until then, keep these words close as you start your new year: “Each time he said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10.)