Friday, July 26, 2013

Life Outside the Fear Cage

   One of my most frequent pass times is worrying. I know that it is a terrible way to spend my days, but it is so easy to get caught up in the "what if" frame of mind. We've all been there, fretting over tomorrow. What we really should be doing, instead of focusing on what we are worries us, is focusing on God's grace. He is sufficient for us.
   When our minds become tangled in anxiety, we start to doubt that God can handle things. We forget who God really is. He's the creator of the universe. I'm pretty sure He can take care of whatever it is that we worry about. Yet sometimes our eyes shift from one worry to the next and it becomes a habit for us. 
   We start to become comfortable in concerns. When we are comfortable being scared, it puts a negative effect on our ministry. How many non-believers are going to look at someone who is completely engulfed in anxieties and say, "Wow! That looks great! I want some of that!" No, of course not. Because nobody wants to live life in a cage.
   Your own personal fear cage is where worries fester like big, nasty, infected sores. Oozing with unease, itching with insecurity. Is that how you want to be seen? "Ew! I don't want to catch your worry. Get away from me!" The stench of worry is repelling.
   What others should see in us is Christ, the hope for all. He is glorious and bright. He is overflowing with grace and salvation, and it is freely offered to all of us. So take it! Run to Him and be free from your fear cage! In Him we too can be filled with joy.


   Once you are radiant with God's light, you can tell others about His mercy. When others see the joy in your heart, they will become curious. Curious for what we have in Christ. What a wonderful feeling, to bring others into the family.
   Let's go out into the world and build the kingdom. Let's store our treasures in heaven. Let's be reckless for God's sake, and live abundantly.
   "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." (John 10:10)

   -The Introverted Evangelist

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