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Tuesday, September 06, 2011
Chasing, Lions,book review- Hearing voices, and jumping out of Airplanes?
Blogger Confession # 1. Sometimes I read other peoples blogs, and think I got nothing worth writing about. What on earth can I write that has not been written. Today though, I'm writing because I can. I'm writing because God has given me a gift, no matter how imperfect I believe my skill to be. I'm writing because time used improving a skill is not time wasted. There's a worship song that says I sing, because I'm happy. For me, I write, because it is part of who I am. So, I've decided I want to risk more in my writing, and in my life, even if that means loosing some battles along the way. Somewhere along the way, I have gotten so caught up in the mechanics of what makes a writer, that I've been laying my dream aside, and not enjoying the God given abilities that have been granted to me, and that stops now....
Don't we as believers do the same sometimes? We miss out, because we listen to the wrong voices. We dare to defeat ourselves, because a roadblock finds its way into our pathway. Jesus was the ultimate risk taker! He risked his own life to rescue you and me! His risked his comfort, He risked rejection Isolation and so much and lately it seems everything I read or hear refers to taking risks, and as I've said before I"ve never been one to take many risks. Most of my life, I've longed to feel secure! I have envied and admired risk takers, and admittedly despised some who are just naturally prone to risking, but I just finished reading a book called In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day, by: Mark Batterson, Find book and honestly, it has challenged me in ways I never expected, and some ways didn't want. It has also helped answer a couple questions I've been wresting with in recent weeks... In my flesh, the concept of risking being a good thing seems too good to be true, for me, people who risk get hurt, If you risk, you might fall, and basically this book addresses that with a friendly "Yeah so What? The truth is, I don't know what God desires for me to risk, in this moment, not even the smallest clue, however I figure my writing and life in general isn't a bad place to begin a willingness to risk. Unlike my Sunday School teacher, who just jumped out of a plane, and lived- I think I'll start smaller... Where do you find it easier and harder to take positive risks in your life. For me taking social risks are easy, but for me tasking task driven risk or emotional disclose with the ones I love most is hardest. What I desire to know most in risking is that I am still dwelling in God's presence, and not reaching for others approval or what others view as best, with knowing I am in God's will and protection. What are you thoughts on risking? One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the daysfind verse here of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple." Ps. 27:4
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