This blog is different. I would love for all of you to make a comment after you read it. There are 677 of you following this. It could be amazing what happens. Here we go.
I called this blog “Landmarks” because it is the based on the title of a book I hope to get published. The idea is pretty simple. There are landmarks, places in the journey we must pass, if we are to keep walking with God. There are nine landmarks I describe in the book: story, idols, scars, sex, identity, battle, bond, mate, and quest. To make your way through each of these landmarks requires leaving behind known territory and stepping into unknown. And that brings us face to face with with one of our biggest enemies. Fear.
Interestingly, the most common command in the Bible is not “Love God.” Nor is it “Love others.” It actually has nothing to do with love. It has to do with fear. Here it is. “Do not fear.” God commands it. And then gives the reason why. “For I am with you.” That’s it. That’s all. But that’s enough.
Fear has done some crazy things in my life. It has warped reality, shut me down emotionally, kept me from enjoying so much, and emasculated me as a man. To walk through these nine landmarks has for me been an epic tale of fighting fear and breaking out of its grip. Fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of mockery, fear of abandonment, fear of the future, fear of being without money, fear of being without significance, fear of death, fear of grief, fear of letting go, fear of losing control, fear of being judged, fear of making mistakes…on and on and on. It has seemed almost endless at times.
But as deep as the fears have been, deeper still has been the Father’s presence. The only reason I could write the Landmarks manuscript, the only reason I can write this blog now is his presence. Literally, his being with me has rescued me from so many fears.
So…here is you chance to respond. I’d love to hear from you about your own fears. How has fear shaped you? What fear is most pressing on you now?
PS. Don’t feel like you have to comment a lot. Even just a sentence would be helpful!