Excuses. As a co-director of Christian Communicators Conference, I hear them frequently.
“God can’t use me. I have a terrible past.”
“But I’m not a speaker.”
“Who am I to tell people how to live?”
“When I get my act together, then I’ll be able to speak.”
“I don’t have enough followers.”
“I don’t have a platform.”
“I don’t have anything to talk about.”
“I’ve been a pretty good person. I don’t really have a testimony.”
“I’m scared to speak.”
How many excuses can we give? Well, how many excuses are there? The truth is, for those of us who have given our lives to the Lord and try to live for Him everyday, it doesn’t matter if we’ve been “too good” or “too bad,” there’s not a single “too” that keeps us from ministry.
If we’re honest, we’re probably too fearful. A few months ago, my pastor at Renovation Church, Jeremy Havlin, started a teaching series on becoming one. This is his focus because we recently took two churches and made them one. What an exciting time! It’s a joy to see our Westside building filled with families and men and women and teens and kids and babies as we love and worship our Lord together as one!
Although Pastor Jeremy is teaching on becoming one, his words that day had another application to my heart and mind: Christian Communicators Conference. We’re quickly approaching the 7th Christian Communicators Conference and we know from experience that there’ll be ladies there who are fearful.
- Fearful of speaking
- Fearful of not measuring up to other women
- Fearful of being transparent
- Fearful of stepping out in faith
These words from Pastor Jeremy were perfect for these precious ladies and they’re perfect for you and me: “Know that the greater our God is, the smaller our fears become. Understand that playing it safe is risky.”
Wow. What powerful truth! We know we have a great God, don’t we? Playing it safe is risky when we realize we’re allowing fear to keep us from what He has for us to do for His kingdom.
What will you do with your fear? What will I do with mine? Let’s remember how great our God is. We have no reason to fear!
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise—
in God I trust and am not afraid. Psalm 56:3-4a (NIV)
Grace and peace be yours in abundance,