In some of my devotional notes recently I came across a topic that I don’t often come across…FEAR. Fearing what exactly?
—What we have to give and share with others in this world .
How many times might we have missed out on an opportunity to lend support, ideas, inspiration, encouragement, or our possibly biased but selfless opinions on how to go from here on out? It is probably because we fear the possible judgment and criticism that goes along the vulnerability of sharing it with others.
Although you may have to use your best judgement on what exactly you should share...in the long run what it really comes down to is whether you believe that what you have to give will positively affect that person and benefit/help others.
For example, I feel within the last year alone I have stepped up during times I would have normally been passive. In my head alot of the time I thought helping out just seemed too risky.
—Would my friends judge me?
—Are they going to interpret what I have to say in a way which is totally NOT what I am going for here? !
—Does it come off as too much?
—They are totally going to think I am nuts.
Just some random thoughts…you know that might pop up.
Over all lately I feel like I am ruthlessly not holding back in this department. Why? I took a couple pretty big leaps into the fearful abyss of what I had to give to others in the last year…and watching myself and others grow because of those leaps is probably one of the most rewarding things I have experienced. Not only do I feel stronger emotionally and spiritually…I have acquired lasting friendships built on a foundation of trust and hope. As well as friends and family who know I will be there for them no matter what.
Let others know….you are there for them.
Let them know they are loved.