This is my first ever blog post. I have avoided the blog world up until now rationalizing that I didn’t have time to figure out how to create a blog. Since it took me awhile to figure out how to create a website I just kept telling myself, “One day I will add a blog”. Well I either waited until technology became “dummy” proof or my excuse was unfounded. It took all of 5 minutes to create this blog. I guess if I am honest it was just fear. Fear of technology. Fear of not knowing what to write. Fear I will write something inaccurate or offensive to someone. Isn’t it funny how fear can keep us from doing things, yet many times it is not even based in reality.
One of my favorite verses is:
The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1
Yet, I hesitate and put off things that take me out of my comfort zone. Why would I do that unless I fear failure, embarassment, or a combination. Then last week my small group studied this passage from Revelations:
Revelation 3:15-16 (New International Version)
15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.
Well this really convicted me. I am feeling that staying in my comfort zone has created a “lukewarm” person. I hate that! Actually if we stay with my “fear” theme, being “lukewarm” is one thing I should fear. The context of this passage from Revelations goes on to say that God would rather us be “hot” or “cold” because then he can use us. If we stay lukewarm we are of no use to Him. This scares me to death.
We all have fears. What are yours? Are they keeping you from stepping out of your comfort zone? As your fears begin to block you in to your box, do you find a lack of passion in your life? Lately I have tried a few things that scare me. I am stepping out in faith so I will be of use to our Lord and Savior. I hope you do too, because like me, God has plans for you. I pray we don’t miss out on those plans.