Cheap Substitution

Nelson Mandela said “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.”

The accusations of our soul battle against our identity and calling. Our flaws protect us from any responsibility for the dreams which are boiling up inside of us. The fear of stepping past the hurdles of insecurities is contrasted by the depth that comes with the release of Greatness within us.

When we are aware of the fullness of our potential, the excuses are no longer comfortable by comparison to the attraction of what we were created to be. We can no longer resist that which we dismissed once we are fully alive in who we really were all along.

That’s one of the more intimidating things that goes along with a life of faith. What if our destiny awaits outside the walls of a church or our dwelling place is not suburban? What if our revelation of Greatness causes what we held as great to fade to insignificant? What if our comfort is replaced by a forfeiture of control?

That’s also one of the more attractive things that goes along with a life of faith. We are no longer bound by the visible and temporary once we come into agreement with the eternal. The world is fair game and a legitimate position in a royal priesthood becomes personal. New definitions of least becoming greatest make sense for the first time ever and humility fits comfortably. The illusion of control is exposed as the lie that it has always been.

The adventure costs us everything. The first step is the scariest but the day that we quit taking steps into the unknown is the day that we exchange the call of our hearts for the cheap substitution of the American dream.

One thought on “Cheap Substitution

  1. Scott,
    This is incredible! Well said. I was speaking to a group of women last night who have come out of the sex industry and are trying to start new lives. I was encouraging them to dream again. They are destined and purposed for great things! I want to share this with them next week to further fuel them to dream BIG! Nothing in their past gets to dictate a small future.
    “Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new creation. The old life is gone; the new life has begun!”

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