People are more fearful than you think.
If acceptance isn’t what determines your choices, what is? How would your life be different if you couldn’t be judged? Would your actions change if you could never feel shameful?
There are only two things that motivate your actions - Love and Fear.
Writing down my very specific goals for 2013 felt comfortable and familiar. I was inspired, motivated, brave, happy. About a minute later I read over the long list of expectations and an unsettling, fearful, terrible, negative feeling overcame all of it. Uncertainty started taking its usual place and I thought about the past, I thought about my failures. I thought about influence and responsibility. I thought about abandoning the list altogether, but I didn’t…
I was reminded of an unchanging love. A perfect love that’s far from expected - because nothing perfect is ever really expected in an imperfect world. Nothing unchanging is expected in a place where change seems to be the only thing constant. But this love is constant, and it’s pure. It cancels out all fear.
Someone taught me something life changing a while ago. I didn’t know it then, but I always remembered it - replace the word “love” with “God”. God is perfect love, and it’s far from expected…but it’s real. Here’s where the word “faith” comes in.
It takes courage and strength to act on love. When I find myself running toward fear, I’ll cling to this tremendous love and find my courage there. Don’t settle on fear, dream big.
I feel thankful for this security, and I feel thankful for His love. I don’t call this a religion.