Finding your purpose without fear.

Was he afraid?

Was Jesus afraid to go to the cross?

They went to a place called Gethsemane and Jesus said to his disciples, ” Sit here while I pray.”  He took Peter, James and John along with with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.” (Mark 14:32-34)

Imagine if Jesus had lived his life constantly worried about the day he would go to the cross.  Imagine if he obsessed over that day and worried.

But he didn’t.  However, he did pray to God in his distress…

Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” (Mark 14: 35-36)

And on that Friday, he walked forward, fully in love, knowing that His life would never be the same, and like a hero, Jesus died on the cross…for us.

His purpose fulfilled.

What is your purpose?

Are you afraid?

I have been wrestling with some big questions this week.

Decisions. Life. Purpose.

As I face these questions, I wrestle with the fear of the unknown.

Fear is false evidence appearing real.  This is a quote that my friend, Carl, gave me this last week.

Fear often gets in the way of our true purpose because we are afraid. It can be paralyzing.

I have this tendency to take the unknown and create stories that are wild, untrue…false evidence.  I imagine things that limit my ability to live out my full purpose.  I obsess over things I cannot control.  I imagine the worst scenario and then I become afraid.  Sure, there are times when fear is valid, like going to the dentist for a root canal or something more serious, like facing death.  Who wants to face that?  Should we let the fear stop us for doing what is good and right?

When we base decisions on our safety, comfort, or fear, we have moved God aside.   We limit our purpose. (A Carl quote)

Christ died for us…but he was raised from the dead.  He conquered death. This is the foundation of my faith.  Without the resurrection, my faith is dead.

We can be victorious in the very things we want to avoid when we trust in God.  (From Oswald Chambers).

As I doubted myself this morning, as I wrestled, as I feared the future, God reminded me of these things.  He reminded me to trust him with my life.  He was victorious unto death.  He lived out His purpose for me…I can live out my purpose for Him.

What is unknown can be scary.  But if we let the unknown stop us from living out our purpose, it can be tragic.

Are you living out your purpose?

Thank you Carl for your wisdom and your amazing quotes.

Side note (Carl and Nancy went with me to Ethiopia. They are a wonderful couple from Cornwall Church and I want to adopt them as my relatives)

2 Comments on “Finding your purpose without fear.

  1. Okay, who is this Carl dude and why is he messing in my business? Did you happen to hear that we just had our trip moved from El Alto, Bolivia to lower regions due to the concern over altitude issues for the team? So, you can imagine the joy I had in reading the quote from your friend:

    “When we base decisions on our safety, comfort, or fear, we have moved God aside. We limit our purpose” Aggghhhh!

    Seriously. I have struggled with this. I never want to make decisions based out of fear, but at the same time, I want to be wise in all decisions. Sometimes, the line is not very clear. Praying for His Spirit to lead me stronger than ever through the foggy areas.

    As always, good words Patricia! (And Carl!)

  2. This is a great post! The theme of my most recent wrestling has been fear. Fear of what God will call me to as I wrestle to figure out my life purpose. To figure out what He has in store for me. How will these passions, longings, & past experiences line up in His great plan. I want to be used for His glory, but I am also terrified of what that will require of me. And so my current prayer is for courage… Courage for when that answer is revealed.

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