FEAR – Freedom’s Barrier to Entry
It’s been a few months since I’ve posted here. I haven’t forgotten about the topic that I started. Before I continue writing it, I need to address a few things – actually one thing.
The elephant in the room that many
Fear disguises itself in many forms – excuses, concern for others, ethics or morals (the right thing to do), doubt, anger, bashfulness, shyness, procrastination, avoidance…No matter the symptom, it has but one goal – to keep you from the freedom that comes with faith-filled living.
The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.Proverbs 29:25, ESV
I do my best to make sure that I study and pray about what to write and how to write it. But, I realized that I feared the opinions of others more than I feared (healthy reverence) the Lord.
I struggled with thoughts like,
- “Who am I to write about this?”
- “Why should anyone listen to me?”
- “What will people say?”
- “I’m going to be criticized.”
- “I’m not even a ‘pastor’.”
- “No one cares about this stuff but you.”
- “Does God really want me to do this?”
Oh my goodness, the list goes on and on.
I know for certain that I must write and I must art. But fear prevented me from even trying.
If there’s one thing I’m passionate about, it’s freedom. And not just my freedom, but freedom for others. And fear was keeping me from it. onate about, it’s freedom. And not just my freedom, but freedom for others. And fear was keeping me from it.
Please forgive me, I’m healing from unhealthy church life. Healing can be a healthy process when we purposely share our struggles with others. I apologize for not being here. I have so much to share and I was only thinking of myself, for that I’m sorry.
I’ve been reading a book called When People are Big and God is Small by Edward T. Welch. The first few chapters have taught me a lot about how deep the fear of man had become entrenched in my life over the years.
Here are a few takeaways that I’ve learned about myself (not all from the book, but it did help guide my thoughts in this process) –
- I’m not perfect.
- I’m a human being.
- What God thinks is more important than what people think.
- Pleasing God is more important that pleasing people. (there’s so much scripture on this, it’s ridiculous)
- I, alone, have to answer to God for my decisions (or indecision).
So, this post is one of many in which I plan to be honest and vulnerable because Christians are human, too. When we express our human selves to other Christians, we often get oversimplified platitudes, like “Just trust God,” which does very little to help us with what ails us.
Jesus is, ultimately, the answer; but how? I’ll talk more on that later. But for now, do you struggle with the fear of man? What are some things you’ve been doing to work through it? What’s been helpful – what’s been harmful? You never know, someone landing on this post may be helped by what you have to say. Seriously, respond in the comments and let’s build a community and edify one another.