I hope for this blog to bring encouragement to those who read it.
Here is a little Saturday extra. I encourage you not to be afraid to take risks.
For many weeks, I have had this blog ready to go. I have dreamed about writing my entire life. I held my writing close, like most things in my life. It took all the courage I could gather to send an email and facebook invitation one week ago to friends and family. I felt so exposed and so worried. I barely slept Saturday night and again on Sunday night. Every day this week I have contemplated taking this all down and pretending it was never here.
That is what I do, venture out small and then scurry back to hiding.
Only now, I realize that would be a life lost. God asks more of me. He asks more of all of us. Not as a burden but as a gift. He has special things for each and every one of us. I love meeting people and listening to their stories. It never ceases to amaze me. God is so creative and so far reaching. He has something unique for all of us, more than we can ask and imagine.
I want to share what God did in my life this week. Every time, without fail, when I felt like going back, someone would write me a note, make a comment, or share something with me that they liked reading. God used you in my life this week.
He is using all of us. That is an exciting life, when we are being used for great things without even knowing it.
Do not be afraid. God is with you.
Leaving the grocery store yesterday, my son, who is four and half, leapt into an enormous puddle. The rain puddle soaked him from his feet all the way to his knees. His jeans were sopping wet. “Oh, man buddy, we still have to pick up the kids from school and you are so wet.” Then a question came to my mind. “Josiah was it worth jumping in that puddle even though you got so wet?”
He gave me a giant smile. “WES!” (He can’t say y’s clearly.)
It is worth taking the leap. God is with you.