Recently I took a little ‘fear naming’ survey. There were items like “my boss, spouse, parents, siblings, God’s will for me, making mistakes, death, success, failure, wasting my life…” to name a few. Some didn’t apply like my boss, spouse or my parents but poor health, pain and death were high on the list I admit.
Wasting my life scored high too and as I reread and checked the list, my heart ached in desperation. Wasting my life had my attention.
Wasting my life. Am I afraid of wasting my life? My heart cries in desperation when I write this even now.
I don’t want to waste my life. I don’t want to waste my hours or moments fear filled over the future.
Fear of death, pain and poor health are irrational fears when I know God’s word combats and obliterates these.
I don’t want to waste the life God has given me by being afraid to use the gifts and talents He has blessed me with.
Nor do I want my heart to be a barren wasteland because I am afraid to open my heart to the love of God. I don’t want to waste my life by being afraid to freely share the love and glory of God my King.
I don’t want to waste my life by missing walking in the will of God for me because I allowed fear to keep me from doing something different, something beyond my everyday normal. I am willing to take the first step and know God will meet me and show He is faithful.
He has promised to bless the works of my hands and give me good success. I will trust in the goodness of His plans for me and I will not be afraid to place one foot in front of the other and begin to walk in the direction He is leading.
I know God is good. He has proved and shown Himself faithful and has been teaching me how to trust Him as we walk through this maze called Life.
I choose to place God’s word in the highest place in my heart. I cover my mind by the blood of Jesus and fill my mind with His word.
I want to seek the Lord as Precious Treasure and consider everything outside of Him as waste. He has placed a Treasure Chest before me and I don’t want to waste my life not spending the time going through the treasure.
God isn’t afraid to trust me with the dreams He has for me. When I am afraid, I will trust in Him and believe that His plans and purposes for me will come to fruition. (Psalm 56:3)
We are facing the wrong direction when we fear. It’s ok to be afraid but let’s face the fear, name it and then turn and face the Lord. A change in direction will give us a different perspective. If you are feeling discouraged, change your tune by beginning to sing of His loving kindness and justice and teach yourself to sing of the faithful loving kindness of your God.
He says,’ In Me you are more than enough. In Me, you flow with creative abilities. They are gifts from My heart to you.
Your life is hidden in Christ, which is why I say in Me you are more than enough. When you compare, you look at flesh and external ways of being and doing.
Look beyond. Look beyond the skin and see Christ in one another. See the glory.
Be blinded by glory and not by glitter. Allow in your heart a turning of attitude.”
I pray our hearts will be taken up and consumed by matters of the King. There can be no waste when we live our lives fully for Him.
A people preparing for His presence are people who have learned how to abide under the shadow of the Almighty in any situation.
Jesus, I love you.