What Scares You?

As we swing into a new month, we move on to our next core value:
Achieving God’s purpose means taking faith-filled risks. This always involves change.

I’ll admit that when we first adopted our new values, this one didn’t sit easy with me. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that I didn’t like always. I don’t like generalizations. That’s why I never use absolutes.

But this one has a point. God is preparing us for an eternity in His service. As long as we’re in this life, we’re never going to be finished products. And that means that we should always be changing.

God is always calling us to be better than we were yesterday. Sometimes we need to let things go in order to improve. And sometimes we need to pick things up. Either one can be scary.

A good way to figure out what God is calling you to change is to ask yourself what scares you. What is something you’re afraid to let go of? Often we know things aren’t good for us, or for those around us, but they’ve been part of our identity so long, we’re afraid that setting them aside means losing a piece of ourselves. Trust God to remove only the unnecessary pieces of you, so that your true self can shine through all the clearer.

New things can be even more terrifying. Fear of failure paralyzes people every day. Life might get boring inside our boundaries, but it’s safe there. Trust God enough to leave safety behind. You might fall. God will catch you when you do.

Growth happens outside of our comfort level. If you’re not sure what God is calling you to next, think about what scares you. Chances are, that’s where God is waiting for you.

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