Choosing Fear.

One of the biggest emotions in a human is fear. It grabs our inner beings and changes our God-given directions. It shakes our souls and mends our hearts. It makes us rethink our whole lives. It leads us on a path of comfort instead of God’s will.

Now don’t get me wrong, we need to fear the Lord, but this isn’t the same type of fear I’m talking about. We need to fear the Lord with respect; knowing that He’s all powerful. But the fear I’m worried about is the one that Jonah faced. We all know this story. God calls Jonah into Nineveh, but he runs away in fear. He’s terrified and uncomfortable with the unknown.

This has happened to me in my own life. All throughout High School I knew God was calling me to Grace Bible College. The only problem…it was more that 2500 miles away. I am from Southern Oregon, and West Michigan sounded like Africa to me. My senior year finally arrived, and I did whatever I could to push the college away. I dated girls who wanted me to stay, I sought out jobs that I couldn’t do out of state, and I avoided the college center lady as much as possible.

Finally one day I was out running my usual 5 mile run when a sketchy looking homeless dude walked up to me. I didn’t want to stop, but the little voice in my head kept telling me to talk to this man, so I stopped and listened to him. He asked where I was going to college, and I said no where. Then he went on a long spiel about how his life was ruined all because he didn’t go to college. He had a long series of events that led up to him being homeless.

After saying goodbye and thanking this dude, I started running down the road and I decided to look back. To my surprise, he wasn’t there. I went running around to try and find him, but he was just gone…like seriously no joke, I’m not kidding around, this guy was just like vanished.

I don’t want to assume that this man was some kind of angelic being used to shift my focus onto God’s will. If that man was an angel, then angels must be pretty smelly…but it’s always a possibility!

But now I attend GBC, (the greatest college in the world if I might add) and I know this was God’s plan for me all along.

I want to encourage you guys to stop worrying. Stop getting wound up about little things. I’ve met a lot of people in my life who have built up anxiety over something as little as, “what college should I attend?” “does God want me at this job?” or “should I be dating this person?”

We get so worked up and afraid of our decisions that we create unneeded depressions. God’s has got your back, and He always will! Don’t be scared of the outcome, because God can use you in any way, shape, or form for His glory.

He gave us lives to choose what we want, and He’ll use us in whatever way He wants. Just do everything for His reputation and not your own.

But my main point of this blog is about not having fear for God’s calling. I don’t believe God punishes people for not doing His will, but I do believe that your life won’t be as happy and exciting if you stick to your own plan.

If you hear a little voice in your head and it’s nudging you towards something that makes you uncomfortable, don’t just blow it off. Even if it’s pushing you to do something as small as talking to some random homeless dude that stops your run. We all agree that God works in mysterious ways. He may want you to leave someone, take a job somewhere else, or pack your bags and move to a foreign land. Don’t be afraid. God isn’t going to move you into the unknown just to leave you.

Luke 1:37 says, “For with God, nothing is impossible.”

Follow God’s will, not your own. Follow God’s path, not your own. Follow God, not yourself.

If you think it’s impossible to follow God, it’s not.

And in the end, it’ll be worth it. Trust me. Jesus loves you dudes! He always has, always does, and always will.   He’ll never leave you nor forsake you. Just lean on Him through your tough times and He’ll get you through it.

Even if you can’t see Jesus, He sees you, and He still loves you, and He’s never leaving you.

Love you dudes, but more importantly, God loves you dudes. If you wanna connect follow our twitter @NotoftheNorm or email us at notofthenorm.wordpress@gmail.com. Always looking for new dudes to talk about Jesus with!

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13 thoughts on “Choosing Fear.

  1. I like what you said here:
    “We get so worked up and afraid of our decisions that we create unneeded depressions. God’s has got your back, and He always will! Don’t be scared of the outcome, because God can use you in any way, shape, or form for His glory.”

    God has our back. Do not fear. Speaking from a past of serious fear, this reminds me of the Lord’s promise.

    I also like how you said:
    “Follow God’s will, not your own. Follow God’s path, not your own. Follow God, not yourself.”

    Reminds me of this passage:
    “And he said to all, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.'”
    Luke 9:23-24

    As Christians, we do not walk by sight or by our own desires or intuition. We pick up our cross, and follow Jesus in faith.

    Great read, cool story.

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  2. I like this: “I don’t believe God punishes people for not doing His will, but I do believe that your life won’t be as happy and exciting if you stick to your own plan.”

    So true. He may not punish us, but He does often allow us to suffer the consequences of our decisions, so that we can learn and see how much we need Him. At least, that has been my experience.

    God’s plan for our lives is so much better than anything we could ever dream up for ourselves! As Christians, we have to remember that.

    Thanks for the great read!

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  3. Haha, Nicholas were you writing this to me? 😉

    All my life I’ve had this crippling fear of public speaking/teaching. But at the same time, I’ve long sensed God calling me to be a voice of hope to the lost around the world. Over the years I’ve had my Moses moments saying, “But God, that is so NOT my gift, can you ask someone else to do that in my place?”, and just like you mentioned of your avoiding the college talks and Jonah’s story, I tried going in the complete opposite direction to escape the call. But sure enough, no matter how many times I ignored that inner voice, God didn’t stop pursuing me, and it took my church’s youth minister personally confronting me about teaching a Bible study to lead me to finally listen and obey. And that was the “yes” that got so many other balls rolling…

    So glad to hear that you didn’t give into fear and that you’re now joyful and thriving in the college God led you to (your posts are evidence of that). I’m humbled looking at where I’ve made it so far…finishing up my first year of leading those girlies in study (it was an awesome, stretching experience) and fixing to fly to Uganda to continue TEACHING the Word ALL summer. Whaaat?!! I can’t wait to see what God brings on next!

    Anyways I didn’t mean for that to turn into another blog post lol 🙂 … just wanted to comment in agreement that God is so good, and overcoming fear by following Him is absolutely worthwhile. Thanks for sharing this, Nicholas.

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  4. I really like what you said about not being afraid of the outcomes of things we worry about because God can use them for His glory anyways. This truth has been one of the most profound pieces of wisdom that has escorted me through the darkest times in my life. Thanks for drawing attention to it 🙂

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