living braver

one faith step at a time…

Away from me…


applex     I think I could walk with a lot less fear if I could just get over me. It’s as old as time… Eve feared she was missing out on something, so she took matters into her own hands – all about Eve, and Adam right there with her, eager to see what he was missing, all about Adam. And so it goes in our world, all about self – and so sin abounds…

When we have our temporary moments of walking selflessly and life becomes more about another, our anxieties seem to disappear and a brave we never knew takes over. Think about the times you brushed off a skinned knee, handed a homeless person money, helped an elderly person in need…Out of the element of self we walked in courage.


“If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself,’ you are doing right.” (James 2:8 NIV)

A sweet husband, father died tragically last week – car accident. At his memorial it was clear he had touched many lives. It was clear he spent himself on others, and lived courageously as few of us do.

This morning it rained good and hard, much as I love waking to a sunny, blue sky, sometimes the rain has to come. Sometimes it takes a drenching, cleansing to reveal the Light… “When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, ‘I am the light of the world.” (John 8:12 NIV)

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When we wash away self out of every thought and fill up on His every thought, we can see more clearly…

“You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see more clearly…” (Matthew 7:5 NIV)

Away from me I can see Him more clearly and see others the way He sees… Will I reach out to the stranger who could be in a car accident today with the Good News of salvation, or do I keep it to myself? A hurting world full of self needs a few who can, even temporarily, be brave enough to see beyond our own doubts, anxieties, worries – and offer hope for theirs…

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4 thoughts on “Away from me…

  1. Ah, so often I think that no one wants to hear what I have to say about Jesus and his love..and so I stay silent and think my actions will speak louder than my words. You’ve given me food for thought.


    • Anita, I can so identify, too often… We can’t all be missionaries travelling afar, but right where we are we can tell of His great love. If they don’t want to hear, then they won’t. But the Holy Spirit will open ears to even our feeblest attempts 🙂


  2. Oh, I agree. Sometimes it does take a drenching to see the light. Great words! We are co-bloggers on Compel. I would love to have you come join the linkup tomorrow (Tuesday) on We have a bunch of Compel people there. Monday afternoons are time when we tweet encouragement to eachother using #RaRalinkup (optional part).


    • Kelly, thank you and yes I would love to linkup tomorrow. I will check in with purposefulfaith tomorrow. I haven’t started tweeting, maybe someday soon 🙂 Blessings as you write for Him…


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