Toilets, Fear, and Jesus

Just Because You Are Warm And Comfortable It Doesn't Mean You Should Sit In Your Poo

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Let me start by telling you about my kinda/sorta/not really potty training toddler…

He is comfortable wearing his diapers.

He doesn’t seem to mind sitting in a pile of his own poo…

it is safe,

warm,

and familiar.

However… the toilet is scary,

big,

loud,

new,

and different…

[But I think we can all agree on how much better it is to be able to flush than to marinate.]

Have you ever been afraid to take a risk? Try something new?

I think there are two reasons we get this feeling when we are on the edge trying to decide whether or not to take the plunge.

And these two things are based around fear… the fear of failure and the fear of success.

We all clearly understand the fear of failure.
We have all struck out, been fired, rejected, or dumped.
Maybe you are even lucky enough to have had several of those failures during your time on this planet?!

Honestly, failure is part of life and it builds character.
I don’t love my sucky moments but in hindsight I can see so much growth and redirection that came from them.

The fear of failure can be pretty obvious… shame, embarrassment and/or humility (to name a few).

[It’s like the adult version of walking around with a wet spot on your pants.]

However, the underlying layer of the fear of failure is how it requires us to dig deeply within ourselves and see what we are made of.

What if there is nothing there?
What if I don’t like what I find?

Let me pause here and tell you what my bible and my God have to say on this matter,

For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

Hmmm, seems clear to me.
Don’t be afraid, God has your back.
Done.

But how about that other fear… the fear of success.

This one might be a little less obvious but I believe it to be true, nonetheless.

As women, I think we can be afraid to succeed.
What will it look like for my family?
How will it affect my marriage?
Is it selfish/vain for me to pursue XYZ?
What will the success cost me/us?
But what if I am successful and I have to keep doing the thing?
[Well, God might just want you to use the big girl potty for the rest of your days. #sorrynotsorry]

I think we need to pause again and turn to my Jesus…

 He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless. Proverbs 2:7

We need to check our motives and our whys…

If you are doing the right thing for the right reason… God is going to bless that!

If you are putting yourself out there and trying to make the world a better place… God is going to bless that!

It might take a few tries.
It might take a few fails.

But stay the course my sweet friend… God is going to bless it!

[Don’t get so content in your stink that you give yourself a diaper rash.]

When we take a chance, make a change, and jump… God is there to comfort and encourage us along the way.

So the question is…
What do you need to do?

Go back to school?
Get a new job?
Start that business you have always dreamed of?
Lead a bible study?
Adopt?

Or is it something simple…

Go meet your new neighbor?
Help your friend with her kids?
Bring dinner to a new momma?

Don’t let fear dictate your life.
Go try! Put yourself out there.

Climb up on that porcelain throne and do your thang!
[It’s a disgusting analogy… but you get the point and you all know I have a toilet obsession!]

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  1. It is so hard sometimes to jump! But I know God wants me to in a few areas in my life!! A past experience or pain can weigh you down so much that you simply forget to see how much God wants us to exceed! It’s so empowering to have people in life who build you up, give positive feedback and are your cheerleader for success!