Feb 11 2013

Don't Freak!

What do you do when you face the unknown? Maybe it's an unexpected repair for your car, your house needs a new roof, or maybe an unexpected diagnosis.  I admit, usually my first reaction is to FREAK OUT!  Sometimes it's 5 minutes of anxiety, other times  it's 5 days. But eventually I realize, I should pray and ask God for help.

 

It's like a cycle.  

1. Unexpected Event

2. Freak Out

3. Cry out to God. 

 

You're not the only one that repeats this cycle.  

 

It reminds me of that story when Jesus was in the boat with his disciples and fell asleep.  A storm came, the boat filled with water and they were in great danger.  And Jesus was just sleeping.  So the disciples tried to wake Jesus up saying "MASTER MASTER WE ARE PERISHING!" They were in the face of danger and freaked out, and they had Jesus physically with them in the boat.  

 

I don't know about you, but that makes me feel better for sometimes freaking out when I feel like I'm sinking.  

 

So the story (Luke 8:22-25) goes on and Jesus wakes up.  The bible says he "rebuked the wind and the raging water, and they ceased and THERE WAS CALM."  

 

I circled those three words in my Bible.  God can do the same thing for you today.  He can rebuke the wind and the raging waters in your life.  It just takes you having faith that He can and asking Him to do so.  

 

There's an end to the cycle:  

1. Unexpected Event

2. Freak Out

3. Cry out to God

4. CALM.  

 

 "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28

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Feb 08 2013

No Fear In Love

 
 
It's a cliche, but it's true.  "It's better to have loved and lost, than to have ever loved at all."

Matt Hammit wrote a song about that,  All of Me.  It's about not being afraid to love his unborn son, because of the threat that they might loose him after finding out he would be born with a heart defect. 

Maybe you think that’s crazy – how could someone be afraid of loving?  Or maybe you totally get it.  If you’ve been hurt, you don’t want to be hurt again. So sometimes you hold back your love.  

That song is a challenge to not hold back your love out of fear of loving and losing. 
 
The lyrics say:
I won’t let sadness steal you from my arms
I won’t let pain keep you from my heart
I’ll trade the fear of all that I could lose
For every moment I share with you.


We are called to love like God loves.  He didn’t hold back his love for you because of fear you may reject Him.  He went so far as to sacrifice his own son as the ultimate act of love. 

"God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us."  -1 John 4:9-12

Maybe you could give that kind of unconditional love to someone else.  There's lots of opportunities coming up next week with Valentine's Day.  Whether it’s your spouse, someone who has potential to be a spouse, a friend, or even a stranger.  We’re called to love others like God loves us, with no fear.  
 
Matt Hammit wrote these lyrics about how he wanted to love his medically fragile child, without fear: 

You're worth all of me, you're worth all of me
So let me recklessly love you, even if I bleed
You're worth all of me, you're worth all of me


"Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear." -1 John 4:18
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