Vital signs Thursday, May 21st, 2020



One of my favorite things to do in the world is Pastoring . I’m telling you, it’s the greatest feeling out there! Yet amongst all the fun and joy I'm tested way beyond my limits. Investing in some people has truly taught me how to be a true risk-taker because You wander at times if the investment is worth the risk.The risks are endless and there’s no guarantee you won’t get bruised, stabbed in the back.


But would you believe these risky moments are the reason why this Pastor loves it so much! Not only is it incredibly fulfilling, but it gives us an opportunity to taste fearless moments. As each new person walks into my life ,it’s as if each new encounter says "I dare you to be fearless.” In that moment I have two options. I can either allow fear to paralyze me and run in fear of rejection or I can stand and dare to be a difference maker.


The first option is within my comfort zone and I hear a little voice inside my head telling me to play it safe. The second option pushes me outside of my comfort zone, entering into uncharted waters and potentially rewarding me with the most awesome experience. There is no guarantee that I won't be rejected by some. Even if I say all of the right things, there’s a chance something could go wrong.


It’s important to remember in life that you will never arrive at a place where there is no risk. It’s a risk to get out of bed, it’s a risk to get in your car (especially if you drive in Atlanta)it’s a risk to show up to work; nothing is guaranteed. You may be surprised as you weigh out your decisions how some options that appear safe are actually quite risky.


So what’s the antidote to risk-itis? How do you shut down that voice that tells you to play it safe? I found comfort from King David, one of the most heroic dudes in the Bible. He says, “In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me” (NKJV). Sounds to me like David had enough of fear holding him back and made the decision to swing all the way in the direction of God. By putting his trust in God and deciding to not hide away in fear, a supernatural confidence came to him. Trusting in God + choosing to not be afraid = confidence to be fearless. The confidence we are looking for will only come when we step out to DO it. Trust in God as he makes you fearless to achieve your dreams. I promise the reward is worth the risk.


Get the fear out of Your Head and risk investing in someone else's life.


“In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭56:11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬



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