Saturday, June 30, 2018
"Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves." -Cheryl Strayed
If we want to be brave, we must observe the false stories we tell ourselves, and then replace them with the truest, most beautiful stories of all.
Last night, I sat down and identified some of the fear-fueling stories I often believe:
"You are not enough."
"She has so much more to offer."
"This tough circumstance will never change."
"I cannot handle any more of this hardship."
And then I wrote out the truest story I know:
The God who sculpted the mountains and breathed the stars across the sky delights in me, has called me by name, and now I am His child. Because I am His, I am worthy; I can do anything He asks me to do; and the future is as bright as His promises:
"I will never leave you or turn my back on you."
"I will fight for you."
"When you are at your weakest, I will make you strong."
"I am turning every bad thing into a blessing."
"I will give you the very best gifts."
"My heart for you will never, ever change: you will always be my beloved."
When Christ transplants us from darkness and isolation into His Story of hope and belonging, we have every reason in the world to be brave, and every assurance that he will use our bravery to change the world.
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© by scj