“We can make our faith look like a text book or a pop-up book; have love jump off the pages.” – Bob Goff

“People are afraid to be amazing.” – Penelope Trunk

“Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death.” – Mark Batterson, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day

“Perseverance is more than endurance. It is endurance combined with absolute assurance and certainty that what we are looking for is going to happen…. If our hopes seem to be experiencing disappointment right now, it simply means that they are being purified.” – Oswald Chambers

What’s the Worst that Can Happen? by Ben Arment (original post here)

I love what Mark Twain said, “I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, most of which, never happened.”

I think it’s safe to say that I’ve feared far more things than have actually happened in my life. What a shame.

Fear paralyzes progress. Fear keeps you in bad jobs. Fear keeps you single. Fear keeps you in the same town your whole life. Fear keeps you from following your God-given dreams.

Every morning, I have to spend at least 30 minutes praying and banishing fear from my life. It slowly creeps up on me each day and blankets me in the mornings.

What’s interesting is that whenever I imagine the scenario of my worst fears coming true… it’s not actually that bad. =) Honestly, it simplifies my life.

I was talking to a pastor the other day who is on his second church plant. He said that failing was a gift from God because it taught him that he didn’t have all that much to fear.

Not a sermon. Just a blog post.