Adventurously Expectant

Romans8:15-17(MSG) This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance!

The main thing that keeps me from living an adventurously expectant life is FEAR. So last year I decided I wasn’t going to live in fear anymore and instead I would “KICK FEAR IN THE FACE” at every opportunity. I had all these grandiose ideas of doing things that I didn’t think I could do before and how I was basically going to end up as a strong independent woman who laughed at the thought of fear. Well…. that hasn’t exactly been what has happened.

You see kicking fear isn’t as easy as it sounds…or maybe it only sounded easy to me. Kicking fear is…. SCARY and STRETCHING! It means things you normally say no to, because you were afraid, you now should to say yes to. I determined at the beginning that if I had the ability to accomplish it, and fear was keeping me from doing it, then I had to say yes. This year I’ve said yes to direct our church choir, yes to singing on a small team on stage, yes to acting in a monologue and drama, yes to doing the church welcome, yes to speaking at Fusion, and well a lot of other things.  All of these things terrified me before, but mostly I was afraid of the failure more than whether I could do it or not. I thought about how it could all go wrong instead of how it could go…RIGHT! I was living a timid life allowing fear to be my compass.

Along the way I’ve learned that it’s not about never being afraid, but rather not letting fear have the steering wheel anymore! The bible says that God has not given us a spirit of fear. It also says that He is our help in time of need. So if those things are true, then I shouldn’t be afraid because I have God on my side and He will work it out for my good and for His glory whatever the outcome.

Every time I’ve said yes I feel like fear has lost and God has won. Because the truth of the matter is, that if I am prepared, I’ve practiced/studied, and prayed then when I go to do it, I will be able to do it because I’ve done the work ahead of time to be ready. I want to live life like the verse above says…. adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?

What are you going to be adventurously expectant about today?

 

~Deborah Martin