November 20, 2012

The Courage of Being Free


A decision is a risk rooted in the courage of being free. ~Paul Tillich

When faced with a difficult decision, we have an unfortunate tendency to focus on the "before" rather than the "after." The prize the decision will win for us seems shadowy and vague, while the pain of making the decision is just as real and immediate as a screaming toothache!

New life has never come into this world without labor. We need to remember this the next time a painful decision must be made. Certainly it will be wrenching to give up an addiction of one kind or another~but think of the freedom we're gaining! If we decide to go back to church or school, we'll probably feel awkward and out of place for awhile, but soon we'll be full-fledged members of a new community.

Deciding to try anything new may conjure up feeling of fear and self-pity. But self-confidence waits on just the other side of the door. Sometimes we have to take a mighty leap just to keep going forward.

The labor of birth is soon forgotten in the joy of new life.

H/T: Believing In Myself

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