A friend I greatly respect and look up to recently asked me to sign her up for my blog.
I couldn’t do that.
I felt the immense weight and the pressure of it.
How could I live up to that expectation?
What if I had a bad blog one day? Or worse, what if I went through a series of bad posts?
What if I wasn’t funny enough or deep enough or smart enough?
The way I added it up, I knew I could impress her on some of the days. I figured I could just send her the good posts and prove to her how smart I was, and choose to hide all the bad ones in fear.
I’d have more control.
I wouldn’t have to be as vulnerable.
I wouldn’t have to feel so naked.
What would happen to our friendships and our relationships if we stopped caring so much about what others thought about us, and were willing to risk being found out instead?
What would happen to our relationships if we refused to hide behind fear and jumped all the way into intimacy instead?
What would happen to our churches if we stopped cowering in self-protection and allowed each other to fail – or worse yet (gulp) allowed ourselves to fail? What if we were determined to stick it out with one another, even on the bad post days? What if we promised commitment to one another no matter what?
I wonder how that would impact our world.
I wonder how that would change our lives.
I suppose we’ll never find out until we jump.
Here’s a secret if you’re still afraid: when you do jump, no matter what others decide, Christ’s love is always going to catch you: There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18).
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