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Don’t Reel It In

I cry out to God Most High,
    to God who fulfills his purpose for me. Psalm 57:2

I took advantage of this weekend to get some yard work done.  I will admit yard work is not a favorite, but I love the way a yard looks after some TLC.  I was weed eating the ditch when I noticed my machine was making a lot of noise, but the weeds were not going anywhere.  I flipped the weed eater over and there was just about one inch of green cord sticking out. I tugged at it, bounced the bottom on a rock and twisted the cartridge. Nothing helped.  My daughter came up the hill and asked what was wrong. I relayed the information, and she took the weed eater and removed the cartridge.

“Here’s the problem.  The cord was hung up on this and holding it back from releasing.”

                I returned to my task.  As the grass flew, I found myself thinking about what she said. “the cord was being held back”.  Because the cord was unable to be released, it made the weed eater ineffectual. There was a lot of noise, but nothing was happening.

                There are many things in our lives that may hold us back from realizing our potential and fulfilling God’s Plan for our lives.  Sometimes it is other people, we may blame circumstances, but I believe it is mostly ourselves that hold us back. It is the fear of ridicule, fear of failure, unable or unwilling to take the risk, finances, or lack of confidence. Whatever it may be, we seem to forget that if God has placed a desire, a talent, or a mission within you, he has already taken care of all the issues you are worried about. I struggle with this myself probably a lot more than I should. I worry about being ridiculed or not having the money to do something and I worry that some people will think I am crazy. (Actually, several already do)

                It is easy to be bold when our peers are cheering us on.  It is easy to speak out when our message coincides with popular ideas. However, when we speak the truth and share Christ with others outside our circle it is not as easy. When we act while using the Bible as our guide, not everyone understands or appreciates our reasons.  So, we hold back. We reel it in, and we render ourselves ineffectual.

                Jesus dealt with the same issues during his life and ministry. He knew he had mission; he knew it when it was just 12 years old and boldly announced to his family in the synagogue, “I must be about my Father’s business”. (Luke 2:49) Jesus did not allow his human side to be held back, he walked in faith.  During his ministry he did not carry food or an extra cloak but rather depended on the Lord to provide. And boy did God provide, feeding over 5,000! (Matthew 14:13-21)

                So, as you read this, you may be thinking well that was Jesus of course he had faith and God made his way. I am just somebody, somewhere doing something.  I get it.  However, God has given you a mission.  God has a plan a design and he is eager for you to step up and accept it. Stop reeling it in, let it out and get to it.

Will it be easy? Absolutely not.

 Will everyone like what you do or say?  Absolutely not.

Will all your family and friends support you? Absolutely not.

 Will Jesus walk it with you? Absolutely.

                Typist for Jesus

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Boldness is Contagious

If you get on your knees before God, you can stand before any man.

And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear. Philippians 1:14

Today I read a comment from someone on their stance on the vaccine mandate.  Their response was intelligent, compassionate, and aligned pretty much to my thoughts.  After I read it my cursor floated over the “LIKE” button.  It hovered because I was afraid to hit like and tie myself to the statement. Time passed and the statement hung out there like the proverbial “elephant in the room” on the forum.  This person’s idea was contrary to the accepted narrative. However, I believe that more people align to this thought but because we fear backlash, threats, potential job loss and alienation in our communities, we keep it to ourselves.  

              Finally, one brave person hit “LIKE” and then a rapid succession of thumbs up began. The boldness of one person gave the rest of us the courage. I thought about this incident for the rest of the day. We have become conditioned to worry about the consequences of expressing ourselves we have chosen to sit on the sidelines silent. As Christians, we have our own mandate to declare the gospel to all.

              Jesus was not always very popular himself.  Though he taught thousands there were thousands more that refused his message. He was driven out of towns, in fact his hometown. The truth is not always the popular narrative, but truth cannot be silent, and neither can we.  If we cannot have the boldness to hit a button how will we face the coming days? The time is coming when you will have to decide to boldly say you stand with Jesus or with his enemy.  If we cannot speak up for truth now, how will we stand for it later?

              Each of us face times when we struggle and are reluctant to share our faith.  We do not have to muster up courage but rely on the Spirit that is within each of us. Through studying the Word and coming to God in repentance and prayer He will embolden us to proclaim the gospel without fear.

              Boldness is contagious. When we are bold for Christ, it provokes others to do the same.

              Typist for Jesus