Sunday’s Reflection: Don’t Be Afraid
As I took my “Walk With God”, I had to thank the Lord for another great week. Things are really coming into focus for me.
I thought about Pastor Steve’s Easter sermon titled: “Don’t Be Afraid.”
It really hit me when he said “Don’t Be Afraid” is said 100 times in the bible. The bible reaffirms on several occasions that we shouldn’t be afraid. But we behave like we are.
I know I did before I came to Christ. I’ve written before that I always had potential to do big things. I just didn’t believe it or was Afraid.
People always told me I had a world of “potential.” It was evident. I was the number one kid in my class until I changed schools. Even then I was in the gifted program. The potential for greatness was there. I cared more about video games and sports, though.
My mom use to tell me all the time that if I cared about school like I cared about sports, then I would be a straight-A student. It would go in one ear and out the other. I just wanted to play Goldeneye and Wrestlemania all day with my boys.
Heck, my talent for words was always there. It wasn’t uncommon for someone to tell me: “Man, Moot you be saying real stuff…It’s just the way you say it.” I never looked at it as a talent. I didn’t know there were people who would pay for an opinion.
I should have been honing that talent in college with all that free time. Something I don’t have now. But instead of building my own dynasty, I was building it on NCAA Football.
I still remember my mom calling me every day after class and asking what I was doing my freshman year. I’d always say: playing the game like I’m doing every day at this time. I should have been studying or reading a book or writing.
There was pressure in doing the right stuff, though. You don’t want to look lame or have people expect things from you. That’s some scary stuff.
Growing up, I felt I got criticized too much and wasn’t allowed to make mistakes even when I playing around. I didn’t want to deal with the crap that came with actually being serious.
I shouldn’t have been afraid of that, though. God meant for me to embrace the good and bad.
To those that are afraid, don’t be afraid of the pressure. It’s a privilege. As one of my coaches once told us, you should be worried when I stop saying stuff to you.
Don’t be afraid of constructive criticism. You might grow.
Don’t be afraid of your past. Use it as a testimony. I don’t care if you committed a crime. I don’t care if you were a dog or a hoe (Just being real). I don’t care if you were an alcoholic, gambler or addicted to drugs.
God can use you. He used Abraham. He was a liar. He used Moses. He stuttered and was a murderer. He used David. He was an adulterer and committed first-degree murder. Solomon, the wisest man that ever lived besides Jesus, was a “womanizer.”
Don’t be afraid to be more successful than your friends and family. If that’s what God has for you, then that’s what you need to do.
Don’t be afraid to use your gift. It was given to you for a reason.
Don’t be afraid to be yourself. God made you that way.
He says it in Jeremiah 1:5: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Ultimately, don’t be afraid to Trust God and his plan for your life.
I know I realize his plan for me. It clicked during a conversation with my cousin a little over a week ago.
My cousin asked me if there was pressure in people depending on me for a daily word or anything else. I didn’t hesitate to respond: Not really. I know that’s what God meant for me to do. He wants me to encourage, uplift and to change the world.
I’m not afraid anymore. You shouldn’t be, either. God got you.
I leave you with two things.
1. What are you afraid of?
2. If you stopped being afraid, what would happen to your life or those around you lives?
God Bless, Jeremiah