the rewind button

For me it has taken almost forty years to learn this one lesson in my life….I’ve learned that the mistakes I’ve made have more to do with my omissions than with my commissions. To say it a little more plainly….I have let fear get the best of me. I haven’t spoken up. I haven’t acted out. I haven’t stood up for what’s right and I haven’t taken the risks. There is no rewind button. That time is past and there are no do-overs. That is much of the motivation I have in starting to journal in this blog. I am standing up to the fearful monster inside of me that screams to keep quiet.

I believe that anyone who creates anything whether with a pen and ink or with clay or paint and canvas or any other medium for that matter knows that putting your words or creation out in the open can feel like that ongoing nightmare where you are standing naked in school and everyone is staring and there is nothing you can do about it. Your feet are literally glued to the floor. (Am I the only one who has ever had that nightmare?) 😉

I also believe that God did not give me or you our gifts, talents, and experiences for our sole purposes. They are for the building of His Kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven. All that we are and all that we have experienced…the good, the bad and even the ugly and broken is never wasted in God’s economy. Hoarding our lives only leads to regret.

Will you trust him with all of your fears today? What do you need to act on? Who do you need to speak up for? Let’s be generous with all that He has given to us. There is no rewind button. He is our strength.

Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield;

my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.