Yesterday in prayer I began to realize my fear ... will I have what it takes to make the ideal into the real. As we move toward and talk about planting True Life Church, I have the freedom to live in the realm of the ideal. The scary truth is this: talking about something (its ideal) is different from accomplishing that same something (the real). So far, I have let myself live in the fuzzy arena of the ideal, not making myself lower my eyes to the reality of the task.
Thankfully, during that same prayer time God gave me the answer to my fear. The statement the Apostle Paul made to Timothy came to my mind: God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind. Now I, like you, have heard, read and recited that Scripture more times than I can count. But yesterday, it was different.
I was reminded that the three overarching characteristics of God (the ones that combine to bring to reality all that he does) are contained in that verse: His wisdom, His power and His love. In this verse I realized that I have been give access to these three dynamics of who God is, and it has calmed my fear.