I have a confession to make! Sometimes, I get concerned about what I should or should not say or what I should and should not write.
So, sometimes I say nothing. Absolutely nothing. Oh sure, I have my moments, but, for the longest time, I didn’t say or do anything on the grounds that it could cost me.
I could end up in a confrontation that I’m just not wanting to start.
I may make people who are “religious” angry and people who are not excited.
Or I could make “religious” people happy and people who are not very angry.
I could make the person of another political view happy and the other angry. And vice versa.
Or…people may think I’m weird and different or they may not like me.
I have come to find out that not doing something that you have truly been called and purposed to do only to declare fear or worry is lacking faith. And, by the way, it robs other people of what you have to help them.
Playing it safe is something that I’m sure came from my childhood.
In the past, I was told certain stories I wrote were not good. I was told that the ministry I wanted to start using comics and cartoons would not work. I was told that adults didn’t watch cartoons or read comic books. I was told that writing wasn’t a reasonable profession.
I’m glad I ignored such ridiculous thoughts. It sounds like these individuals were actually afraid for their own lives and only wished to see me fail so their point can be proven.
I did my best to avoid getting into fights at school. I kept to my own world. I tried to keep the peace at all costs. But years later, I realized that being “nice” was not enough. It was never meant to be. I had to learn to grow out of playing it safe. I had to learn to take risks and…yes…step out on faith.
My challenge to us all is to take risks that open us up to a much larger story than the ones we try to craft on our own.