Rip It Off

“Only God knows how many dreams have been killed at the altar of fear.”

-Derwin Gray, Limitless Life

Fear is no respecter of circumstance.  It just isn’t. It will have its way no matter how well prepared one thinks they are.

Like, when I wax my upper lip.  (Yep. I’m going there. Just for a minute.)  I can ice that area.  I can repeat my mantra, “I’ve birthed two babies. I can DO THIS!”.  I can do everything I can do to prepare myself for that rip.

Until it comes time to do it.

And then, it sometimes takes a knock at the front door by the UPS man to get me to just do it, for crying out loud!

There are other things in my life that I let fear keep me from doing.

The author of Limitless Life, Derwin Gray, goes on from the quote I used up there to say, “It must break His [God’s] heart to see dreams He has placed in so many people’s hearts go unrealized because we have more faith in fear than in Him.” 

Ouch.

That quote couldn’t cut deeper into the heart of the fear issue in my life, if it had been written only for me.

But it wasn’t written just for me. This book is a powerful tool written for any of us that are looking for ways to live life unbound by the labels that have no place in our lives, anymore. And maybe, they never had any place in our lives, at all!

This book is helping me to see that I still, after all my blustering on about following dreams and being redeemed, I still haven’t ripped that “Afraid” label fully off!

It’s like that tender little bit of upper lip that’s right under my nose. I’ve already gone and done the whole blasted thing, except that one last area.  But, I can’t make myself rip that last bit off.

And, why not?

Fear.

It is time to rip off that last bit of the old label of “Afraid” and be willing to let God replace it with ones that He deems worthy.

Because He has redeemed me!

He has declared me worthy of a new label!

And I am, finally, fully aware that I need new labels stitched into my heart.

True labels.

I’ve written before about the power that I think words have to help someone sort out the messes in life.  I’ve also talked a lot about the importance of following the dreams that seem to have been planted within our hearts.

And I’ve slacked off of doing either one of those, lately.

Seeing those dreams start to push through the hard crusty fear that took up residence for too long in my heart is a gift. I want to claim the labels of “Worthy” and “Able”. I want to let them propel me toward more of living the life that God has given me to live.

For me, that means that I want to keep writing my story.

For some of us Writerly types, courage comes not in the knowledge that our words will end up out in public, but in the knowing that we finally got them out.  Somewhere. Out of the shrunken heart-shaped prison that held them there. Enslaved.

But I am free.

It’s high time I let my words prove it!

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Yes, indeedy.  I do believe I will.

How about you?  Do you need to move from Afraid to Courageous?  If you’d like some more inspiration to do just that, consider joining in with the newly begun Proverbs 31 Ministries’ Online Bible Study of Limitless Life, by Derwin Gray.  Click the button below to see what others thought about the labels we wear and the community we share!

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14 thoughts on “Rip It Off

  1. Missy, I sooo needed this! The majority of my life has been lived in fear and doubt…my one word for 2014 is FEARLESS and God has begun to open the doors to things I only dreamed of but didn’t believe were possible. I love this quote, “It must break His [God’s] heart to see dreams He has placed in so many people’s hearts go unrealized because we have more faith in fear than in Him.”
    And your words, “For some of us Writerly types, courage comes not in the knowledge that our words will end up out in public, but in the knowing that we finally got them out. Somewhere. Out of the shrunken heart-shaped prison that held them there. Enslaved.

    But I am free.” could have come straight from my heart!!
    Thank you so much for “going there”, even with the waxing! lol :)

  2. Missy I haven’t ripped that label off yet either. Working on it and the fat one. You did a fabulous job writing this week. I missed that quote in your graphic. Going back to re-read chapters 1 and 2. Love you sister. Debbie W. (Proverbs 31 Ministry OBS Team)

  3. The quote was the the one I to highlighted, it cut through and through and I knew my greatest obstacle was me and my fears. Thank you for sharing your take on this study. I pray that you continue working at pulling that last bit away…we tend to hold onto that last piece of freedom, scared to give over complete control…but when you giving it over to the your creator, healer and cormforter, our Lord who conquered death it is way more easier. Keep pressing on, this study is just the beginning of transformation, by the end of it all, we will be screaming on the rooftops, we are free indeed, Missindeedy!

  4. Yes! I sometimes forget that those words God gives me are not just for others, they are for me too. Even when I think I have learned that lesson. Keep going girl! Reach for those dreams. :)

  5. This is a right on time post to encourage us to get back in the fight of life and believe God for big things and big new labels!!

  6. Worthy and able…..
    . I do believe I’m going to meditate on these labels you wrote about. Thank you for getting your words out from your heart to us reader type.

  7. This book is Sooooo good! I love your analogy of ripping off the labels. It may hurt, but the benefits on the other side are amazing and worth it, far better than anything we imagined. I don’t want to break God’s heart anymore! Thank you for sharing this.

  8. Hello, fellow P31 OBS’er! I come to you via the blog hop this morning. I love what you have to say about fear. I’m so incredibly fearful sometimes that anxiety kicks in and I’m paralyzed. But then I remember that Jesus had my back. I’ll be ok. And that always helps :)

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