Without Fear

Hebrews 13:6

So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?”

The dictionary defines the word resolution as a firm decision to do or not to do something. I would say that is simple enough. I will do this. I will not do this. With the New Year approaching this simple word becomes much more. I will lose weight. I will eat more fruits and vegetables. I will exercise more and the list goes on and on. Sound familiar? Sounds like New Year’s resolutions to me.

TonyaI’m guilty of making them at some point in my life. I start with the best of intentions and after a few weeks I have gone downhill and I’ve thrown my resolutions out the window. There’s always next year right? This year is going to be a bit different. I’ve decided not to make any New Year’s resolutions of the obvious kind. My resolution is more of a spiritual one. I will not live in fear. I will not be afraid.

I allowed fear to hold me hostage of living the life God has for me. I was afraid of making wrong choices, afraid of failure, afraid of rejection. I was afraid of being myself. If I allowed others to decide for me, then I couldn’t be blamed if it didn’t go as planned. I wouldn’t have people disappointed in me. I allowed my way of thinking to keep me from truly knowing my helper and my friend: the Lord.

What can mere people do to me? For one they can criticize and judge and that is their choice. But I know the Lord has given me the courage to do what I’m afraid to do. Jus t like he has given me the courage to write again. He has shown me that I can succeed if I just try and that I am not a failure. Failure would be not trying at all.

Are you familiar with the catchphrase, “God is my co-pilot?” Maybe you’ve even seen it on a bumper sticker. For so long I did all the driving not once considering God wanted to switch seats. It wasn’t until these last few months that I switched seats with God and I gave him control of the vehicle. I gave him control of the journey we would take together. I learned that with God in the driver’s seat that I am a stronger person and my strength comes from the God who lives in me.

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Your Turn: What will the New Year bring you? Whether it is a new job, bigger home or a new car, I pray the New Year brings you all you hope for and much more. I pray you switch seats and find your strength.
Happy New Year! my blog family.-Tonya

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