Quite awhile ago, I was encouraged to do something called Vlogging. This was explained to me as really very simple. You just turn your blog into a video and make it available for all to see. “No big deal. It’s all the rage right now. You’ll love it.” So I eventually caved and decided to give it a try.
I wrote out what I wanted to say, picked out what I was going to wear and called in a favor. I met the music pastor at our church who agreed to do the filming and editing. Little did he know what he was in for when he agreed to help!
I’m in front of people a lot. I have been for many years. Sure, I get a little nervous before singing or speaking but it’s the good kind of nervous. You know, the kind that reminds me it’s not in my strength but God’s that I can even utter a sound. What I didn’t know was that speaking to a camera is a bit different. It’s actually a lot different.
To save some face, I’m not going to admit how long I stood in front of the camera completely unable to say a word. I’m not even sure I can fully explain the experience but I can tell you it was driven by one nasty little four-letter word…
Of what, you might ask? Apparently all kinds of things and believe me I had plenty of time to consider them all while I stood there…speechless…staring at a blinking light. It really all boiled down to one thing.
What if you don’t like me? It’s one thing to hide behind my computer, but what if you see me and think I’m goofy? What if you hear me speak and think I have the most annoying voice you’ve ever heard? What if…what if…what if…?
This whole experience got me thinking a lot about this thing called fear and I’ve realized something. Fear is not of God. In fact, His Word tells us that He did not give us a spirit of fear.
“For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
(American King James Version)
According to this, I have been given a spirit of love and power and a sound mind! I don’t know about you, but I can certainly use that reminder especially when the enemy sneaks in and tries to convince me otherwise. When he can talk me into taking my focus off God and putting it on myself he can begin to whisper the lies…
You’re not enough
No one will ever take you seriously
Why would anyone listen to anything you have to say
But in Christ, I have been given a sound mind. That means I can claim the truths of God and believe them…
I am chosen by God
I am accepted by God
I am loved by God
I am who I am because of Him
If you struggle with this four-letter word, I want to encourage you to take captive of your thoughts, stop them before they gain momentum by replacing them with Truth. Remember who you are in Christ. You can also watch this video as a reminder that God is bigger than our biggest hangups!
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