Taking the Risk to Do Something

{“Speak Up” – Photo by motherwarxx}

I’ll just come right out and admit it: I’m freaking out. Something in me has shifted and I can’t keep quiet about it. On days when the kids, the car and even the pets are acting up, I really wish I could. But I can’t.

And it’s scary to take a stand.
It’s even scarier to speak up about it.
And it’s scarier still to help others see what you see.

To help others see – to influence them – means they have to be close. And close is scary.

Especially when you jump off he edge of a safe place into the weirdish-wild space of challenging beliefs.

That’s what I’ve been doing lately. Standing on the mountain tops, telling everyone:

People have challenged, criticized and unfollowed me since I stepped out of safety and into this passion God’s been building in my heart. Because it scares people to let go of guilt, shame and anxiety – it’s become a part of them and they don’t know how to see God if not as a judge and someone who’s never satisfied with them.

But I’m not letting up. Because this is MY purpose. One based on verses that kept coming at me over and over for the past 15 years whenever I asked God “Why am I here?”

because the LORD has anointed me

to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

They shall build up the ancient ruins;
they shall raise up the former devastations;
they shall repair the ruined cities,
the devastations of many generations. – Isaiah 61:1,4
Not just to bring good news (to encourage, as I’ve been doing), but to DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. To bind up the brokenhearted, proclaim freedom, and do whatever I can to help them rebuild, raise up and repair what life, people and challenges have broken.

How about you? What passion – what calling – is waiting for you to take the risk to be heard? What risks might be necessary?

-Laurie

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