10 Jul Sermon Snap Shop July 9, 2017
Donald Miller in his book “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years“ puts it this way:
“The most often repeated commandment in the Bible is ‘Do not fear.’ It’s in there over two hundred times. That means a couple of things, if you think about it. It means we ARE going to be afraid, and it means we shouldn’t let fear boss us around.
Before I realized we were supposed to fight fear, I thought of fear as a subtle suggestion in our subconscious designed to keep us safe, or more important, to keep us from getting humiliated. And I guess it serves that purpose. But fear isn’t only a guide to keep us safe; it’s also a manipulative emotion that can trick us into living a boring life.”
I know that for me when the road ahead looks overwhelming, eternal and big and I tend to freeze…and in the process I end up living a pretty boring life. And the struggle is that most of us don’t want to do that. It could be said that our motto as Americans is “Whatever you do…never live a boring life!” But we settle.
In these opening verses of Joshua it’s as if God is saying, “Joshua, the Story belongs to me. Be strong and courageous. And I will see you through what’s ahead.” And when we take our place in God’s unfolding Story, those same words apply to us as well. Be strong. Be courageous. Don’t be afraid or discouraged. For I the Lord your God will be with you through it all.
From yesterday’s message by Rev. Josh McClendon based on Joshua 1:1-9 entitled, “I Love to Tell THE Story: Be Strong and Courageous”
Rev. Lane Glaze
Pastor, Waters Edge UMC