Can anyone relate? Some are natural risk takers. Others, like myself, tremble easily and want to stay within the lines of safety. Yet, at an early age, my parents often took us to places around our planet where we saw unimaginable suffering.
The result was a seed of compassion that began to grow passionately within the lifeless places that fear had left in my heart.
|Acrylic by "L.E." age 11|
(FEAR. I had my first ever panic attack on this journey- Really, Fear roared loudly in the beginning. Yet, Compassion- from the suffering I've seen- gave me strength.)
Perhaps that's one way His love within us casts fear away?
Perhaps? I do know that each time we've dared to step out in risk, the waves of fear roar loudly. Yet, the passion for suffering children, coupled with God's closeness and peace that come in the midst of brokenness and pain, have caused fear to shrink-
or at least fueled endurance in spite of it.
(Even though I am a really BIG CHICKEN)
Yet, it's been my experience that when facing our biggest fears, His purposeful passion within my heart truly shrinks the fear monsters.
Treasures found in hard, dark, painful places of loss, grief and brokenness with Him are THE MOST BEAUTIFUL. (OH how much we would have missed if we'd stayed safe.)
(Baby J is wearing a shirt sold by Rescued and Redeemed)
This person attempted to add support to their claims with dark scenarios and reference to leaders they respect who teach that often, when Christians adopt (like our family), they are stepping out of God's protective covering.
Just when you think you've heard it all...more leaders who teach their eager followers to place personal first-world safety and comfort above the most vulnerable, exploited and suffering amongst us? What about the absolute HONOR and gift it is to love another one of God's beloved children?What about the Bible's definition of True religion- active love for the most vulnerable and voiceless ones James 1:27? What about grace and freedom that comes from being crazy amazing loved by Him?
What purpose motivates you towards risk? What purpose is worth suffering for? What passion is worth dying for?
Somehow, that kind of love/purpose/passion, destroys fear and discouragement.
That's vital because our world is filled with suffering. We are commanded to love others as much as ourselves. Love is our best weapon against the cruelty and suffering that ravages our world.
There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out all fear.
1 John 4:18
Love is action- even if we are afraid. Love has skin in the game. True Love is dangerous by human standards. Are you holding back on pursuing a passion that will in any way help someone- even one?
Treasured neighbors in our world need love with skin on.
Often it's even me and you who need a fearless love.
|Sidewalk chalk drawing and photo by Ianna, Leora and friends. Model is our beloved superhero Baby J.|
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Mother Teresa, Edward Jenner, Steve Jobs, Katie Davis, Louis Pasteur, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Joan of Arc, Harriet Tubman, George Mueller, Alexander Fleming, Oskar Schindler... and thousands more- most unknown.
There's so much to miss out on by listening to voices of fear. We all die anyway. Let's allow His unstoppable compassion motivate us to action.
True LOVE truly does cast out fear.
Let's replace fear with passion