Remember 2009 was my Year of Yes. And God used that one small three-letter word to radically change my life last year. My Year of Yes was full of so many abundant blessings I am longing for what lies ahead.
Like many of you, I want to do some things better this new year. I have seen myself (many times) forgo giving blessing because... (You can finish that sentence a million ways!)
I've chosen safety over encouraging words. I've chosen something over someone. I've chosen my own comfort over offering hospitality. Yes, I'm guilty. I've chosen me over God and I've chosen me over others. Those I love, those I know and those I've yet to know. I've made the wrong choice more times than I care to admit. I've shied away from the blessing more recently than I care to admit.
That's why this year, 2010 will be different. My Year of No Fear. I'll be doing the uncomfortable things because I long to be a blessing regardless of how it makes me look. I'll probably be offering these random gestures of kindness and blessing with my eyes closed because we all know if my eyes are closed nobody can see me! But I will be sticking myself out there, bumbling along the way, reaching out more than ever before and saying no to fear. The fear of rejection, the fear of loneliness, the fear of failure. I'll be saying no to the fear.
Isaiah 41:10 & 13, 43:1, 51:7 & 54:4
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand...For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you...But now, this is what the LORD says: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name...Hear me, you who know what is right, you people who have my law in your hearts: Do not fear the reproach of men or be terrified by their insults...Do not be afraid; you will not suffer shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth.