Week-after-week I plop my bum in front of this computer with the hopes of sending you something brilliant. Something useful. And week-after-week, I churn out stories about family, health, and relationships. In fact, I've barely missed a blog in two years (pats self awkwardly on the back). But I bet you wouldn't come around anymore if you knew that I'm a fake. A fraud. A mess. There, I said it.
I have no real business telling you much about anything, you know. Sure, there's my training and the fact that I read a lot of articles. Truth be told though, it's more disturbing that there are dishes precariously piled in my sink, laundry that needs to be tucked away, and the fact that I let my kids buy their lunch at school today because mac and cheese is on the menu (I know, gross). Put me on your prayer list, will you?
Those factors aside, I read my devotional and scriptures this morning, poured a cup of coffee, and plopped myself onto this seat cushion wondering if I might have something to offer you. Wondering what God might bring to mind to pass along. But then, they came. The voices - all different flavors but essentially the same brew. The ones that say, "Are you sure you're capable of doing this?" My original topic was thrown right out the window, as I thought about all of the messages we'll be bombarded with this week - about all the obscene lies that we'll choose to entertain.
Each time we face those nasty little lies - those voices of doubt - we develop a resistance against them.
God makes clear the murkiest of thoughts as we line them up against His word. We can't wait until we're safe and comfortable to go into the world, but we can go with security. We can walk on shaky legs, yet believe that He'll never leave our side.
So to all of you fakes, frauds, and messes - show up anyway. Be present. Be willing. Be yourself. I know that somebody needs to hear that this week. Maybe it's me.
With you and for you,
LET'S TALK: What have you been up against lately?
I will lead the blind by ways they have not known,
along unfamiliar paths I will guide them;
I will turn the darkness into light before them
and make the rough places smooth.
These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.
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