I have been binge-watching Brene' Brown TED talks and other interviews with her on Youtube this week.
It all started when I was looking for something to show and discuss at Fresh Hope on Thursday night. I found a great video by Brene' called Why Your Critics Aren't the Ones Who Count.
I watched it several times and wrote up some questions for our discussion. It was so good, I just knew it would help those of us who were meeting to get support and encouragement for our mental health.
After soaking up that talk, I went on to watch lots of other talks and interviews with Brene'.
A thought that kept popping up was the fact that shame and other negative emotions can often keep us "small," afraid to face criticism and judgment.
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Maybe that's why I often go through my day avoiding difficult, but ultimately fulfilling, tasks like writing articles and books. I fill my hours with trivial pursuits instead of getting serious about reaching my goals.
I find myself thinking "One of these days, I'll _________," but those days never seem to arrive. I keep spinning my wheels and don't make progress on much of anything.
It seems kind of silly that I even use inspiring TED talks to avoid doing the good work that God has called me to.
Brene' Brown and other speakers can teach us and inspire us to grow emotionally.
Chris Freytag and other coaches can teach us and inspire us to grow (or shrink) physically.
Beth Moore and other speakers can teach us and inspire us to grow spiritually.
We have to remember, though, that Brene', Chris, and Beth aren't going to do the work for us. We are the ones that have to choose different ways of thinking. We are the ones that have to spend some time moving our bodies and making healthy food choices. We are the ones that have to open our Bibles and spend quality time with the maker of our souls.
I'm ready to quit spinning in place. It's time to move forward, emotionally, physically, and spiritually...maybe after one more TED talk.
"Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint [I'm determined], and I know I will not be put to shame." (Isaiah 50:7 NIV)
Do you sometimes do things that keep you from moving forward in life? How can focusing on God help you to quit avoiding hard work and begin facing it so you can move ahead?