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2012: The Year of Living Fearlessly

January 3, 2012

Gradually, silently, and sometimes violently and loudly, God has shred my pride and my need for control.

He gave me two boys. What else is there to say?!

When I began blogging two years ago, I found it was vulnerability that really garnered attention. The posts where I stepped out and shared the real, the crud and the awful – those were the ones you commented on. Openly vulnerable – social chicken. And you didn’t let me lose.

Vulnerability is letting others see how God is working in your life. It’s not just important, it’s our duty, our obligation as ambassadors of Christ. It is not do as I say anynore, it is do as I do.

Christians are old-fashioned, hypocritical, fake, phony and talk out of both sides of their face…Christians always have an ulterior motive… People who have no clue, who live in a world that is not real, and they ARE hypocritical… Close-minded. Judgmental. They think they are better than I am…

Quotes taken from Perceptions Video based on the book unChristian by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons

How else will the world see Jesus? We can care for the sick and the dying, the poor and under-served, but for the world to see all that God is capable of, the world needs to see Jesus working in our lives. The ugly, and the frail. The growing and the glorious.

In eyes of the world we must not be perfect, we must be who we truly are: flawed.

This year, I will be fearless.

Or at least, less fearful.

Will you?

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Bethany Hall Fitelson permalink
    January 3, 2012 12:03 pm

    Good thoughts. I can’t wait to attend your class at the Pepperdine Bible Lectures on this topic! 🙂

  2. melody halfenger permalink
    January 3, 2012 1:02 pm

    Unfortunately I find myself a little more fearful as I have pushed through the holidays and this new year is beginning. I have to constantly remind myself that God is in control and has my future in His hands.

  3. January 3, 2012 10:06 pm

    My goal, too. Love this! Happy New Year!

  4. January 4, 2012 6:06 pm

    I’m learning this too! It’s the most awkward thing in the world to share your failures and flubs rather than your flawless successes, but people don’t relate to perfection.

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