I am coming clean. It is time. I have a man crush on Pete Wilson.
Many of my friends have been aware of this ever since I started attending Cross Point Community Church several months ago and are probably planning an intervention soon, but I can’t help it.
Yes, he has great hair, dresses really well, loves LOST, has a beautiful wife and 3 of the cutest kids around, (he’s also taller than Keith Urban) but the real reason I have this man crush is that he is real.
We just finished a series at Cross Point called “Paralyzed: Frozen By Fear” and it was life changing for many.
Pete went first and shared his struggles and fears in his life. Something I have never seen a pastor do. He is not the pastor of the church that is on a pedestal. He is human. He is not a “preacher,” he is a friend. Because he went first, many were able to go second.
A man went home after learning about the fear of insignificance and burned $6,000 worth of pot, hundreds of people surrendered their fears by writing them on a card and placing them before the cross, and for me personally it has challenged me daily.
What is my fear? What is my wound?
I was taught to never say your fears aloud because the devil will hear it and attack you with it. So, I never did. Now if find myself not only writing my fear on a card and placing it at the foot of a cross, but also publishing it on the internet for the world to see.
I fear never sharing my life with someone else. Singleness.
I fear having my heart broken again.
I fear missing my purpose in life.
What I have learned through this series is that we are not wired for fear. We are wired for faith. I believe that God sent His Son to die on the cross for my sins and rose 3 days later. I believe by accepting that sacrifice into my heart, I will spend eternity in heaven with God.
So why do many of us trust God with our eternity, but not tomorrow?
Why am I so concerned about my fears? The answer is simple. I believe I control it. It seems logical to me that I would be responsible for my purpose in life and finding the woman of my dreams.
My fear problem is a faith problem.
One of the most common phrases in the Bible is “do not fear” and most of the time it is followed up with “for I am with you.” (ex. Isaiah 41:10)
So now that I know what my fear is and that my fear is a faith problem, what do I do about it?
Unless I surrender my fears to God, I will continue to fear it.
It’s time for a transfer. Western Union style.
- From: Me
- To: God
- Subject: My fears.
- Price: “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” Matthew 6:33
So there it is. For all to see. Except they are no longer my fears, they are now my surrendered fears. It might take a daily transfer for years, but those fears will no longer establish the limits of my life. No longer will they keep me average.
I was wired for faith, not fear. No longer will I be paralyzed.
I encourage anyone who is struggling with any kind of fear to go to www.CrossPoint.tv and check out the series. This entry came from my notes during the series.
I am crossing my fingers that the next series is not about “The dangers of a man crush”.
That would be tragic.