Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The What Ifs?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about why it is so difficult to make a full commitment to some things. Why is it that we do “just enough” but can’t give of ourselves 110%? Why do say “yes” in our heads that we’ll commit to something then find ourselves doing just enough to “get by"?
I believe it’s fear that holds us back…of failure, of being hurt, of not being right all the time…

This impacts everything we do. We may avoid relationships or we don’t fully give of ourselves in ones we are already in because we are afraid of getting hurt again. We set ourselves up for failure when trying to lose weight because we’ve tried it so many times over and it always comes back. We set up situations in our jobs that cannot possibly come out well. We take on project after project knowing that there’s no way we can successfully do them all.

But, it doesn’t have to be that way. God doesn’t want that for us. He doesn’t want us to have a spirit of fear, but a heart filled with peace.

For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2Timothy 1:7

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.
John 14:27

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