It’s interesting that I see all these people talking about having one word for 2011. For several weeks before new year’s day, I had one word reverberating and shaking inside me. If you’re any good at reading titles and using deductive reasoning, you already know what that word is…
I’m not going to lie, fear has been a huge part of my life. It’s usually one of my first (if not my first) reaction to uncertainty or circumstances beyond my control. I’ve come such a long way from where I used to be terrified to speak or sing in public, and now it’s so fulfilling to me. Still, even with that experience, I struggle with fears when I know it’s not what God intends.
I said on Sunday as I preached that many times I’ve been content to ‘fear less’ instead of being ‘fearless’ and embracing His life and word. That’s not good enough any more.
I truly believe that this is the year to deal with this junk and step out in some significant ways. One of them is my job and I am officially on the way out. I’m thrusting myself into faith and His word, believing that God loves me and my family more than I ever could. That’s a huge one for me, but there are also a thousand practical things in life and church that I know are coming. Step by step.
This is not a time to be dominated, but stand up in His righteousness and truth. The verse I keep hearing is Proverbs 29:2,
When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice;
when the wicked rule, the people groan.
I’ve thought of this in a lot of different contexts, but I’ve come to the conclusion I want righteousness to rule in my heart, life, gifts, church, finances, everything. The people of God have to arise because ruling isn’t just about political power or natural influence. We let wickedness rule in all kinds of areas because we are afraid to engage, afraid to be different, afraid to trust God.
But when righteousness rules, people will notice and rejoice. There will be more peace, joy, fulfillment, giving… The poor will be taken care of. The lonely will find a place for them. The broken will find their healing, and the weary will find rest. To let fear dominate is to let wickedness rule, but someone is groaning and waiting on us to express the freedom that was bought for us in Christ.
It’s not about never feeling any fear, it’s about trusting His word and following Him no matter what the cost. I don’t know what it’ll look like, but I want to give myself in this year to being fearless and encouraging others in fearlessness. It’s just time for this.
It’s hard to imagine being completely fearless, but I’m going to try and I hope you will too. With your call, your family, your church, your job, your business, your giving, on and on–imagine no fear whatsoever stopping you from obeying His voice. That’s what I call ruling.
Do you have a word that defines (or that you want to define) your year? What is it? Have you settled for trying to fear less instead of being fearless? What would you do if you were completely fearless?
I have included this post in Bonnie Gray’s Faith Barista jam where we were encouraged to share one word God is putting on our heart for the new year. I also linked it up at Grit and Glory for the One Word 2011 post. Please Â go check everything out by clicking those links.