Trent received an email from a missionary friend in Haiti the other day and at the end, the friend wrote, "May you be filled with all the fullness of God, be ready to speak a word in season, be anointed daily, be filled with faith and boldness and see God move beyond your wildest dreams! "
When I read that my first thought was "Cool blessing. I want to put that on my Christmas card." Then I immediately thought of all the people I know who wouldn't be comfortable with phrases like "be ready to speak a word in season" or "see God move beyond your wildest dreams". Phrases like that don't fit in their spiritual vocabulary and so they might think I am weird if they read it coming from mine.
Shortly after that thought, I moved from my email to Biblegateway to do my reading for the day and came across this...
2 Timothy 1:6-8
6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 8 So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God.
I think God let me go through the initial thought process so He could reveal something in my heart to me through His Word. I wonder how often I shy away from sharing the truth because I am worried about what people might think? It feels like such a hard balance to find between boldness and not making those around you unnecessarily uncomfortable. Looking at this verse, my prayer is that we would all not act out of shame or timidity but with love speak and walk out the truth in our daily lives.
I am pretty sure I am going to go ahead and use that blessing on my Christmas card because it is hard to say it better than that.