Do You Bark at the Moon? — by Jamie

HowlMoon_WrayIt is Thursday night, 11:47p.m., and I am up staring at a blank screen just waiting for a moment of genius clarity to pop into my head. Only then will this literally amazing blog take shape on this computer screen.

That all sounds great, but in reality, the only thing running through my head is, “My blog is due in a few hours and I have no idea what to say. What can I say? What is everyone interested in reading about or knowing about”? What? What? What? And then it hits me. This is not just some simple case of writers block; I am honestly worried about my blog not being good enough or interesting enough for anyone to want to read it.

I am not sure if this was a genius moment of clarity but it sure got me thinking … I am 30 years old, and I’m acting like it is my first day of freshman year walking into a new school and I am worried about if people will like me or if they will make fun of my clothes or hair. I thought this kind of self-induced pressure was gone and done in my life. Made me wonder if I am the only one who is still worried about things like this?

And then I remembered a powerful statement: “A dog’s natural instinct is to bark at the moon. All night long a dog barks and howls at the moon. But the only time anyone will talk about the dog is if the moon barks back at the dog.”

BAM! Genius Clarity!

We were all made to be the moon — beautiful and proud, strong and confident. God does not want us to be fearful of the dogs in our lives. The dogs are always going to bark at your greatness but no one will ever talk about them unless you stoop to their level and bark back.

So, the next time you feel like you are not good enough or worried that you might fail, jump out there anyway and shine. You are never alone, God is always with you. He is by your side through thick and thin. David wrote in Palms 27:1 “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?” Certainly, not a few tiny barks.

In celebration of overcoming my own worry and fear, I chose to post these words for you to read. I hope they will remind you of your greatness and that you are never alone. There is nothing too big or too hard for you to triumph over.

Joshua 1:9 — Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Deuteronomy 31:6 — Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

Isaiah 41:10 — Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

1 Corinthians 3:16 — Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?

Matthew 6:25-34 — Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?

Believing in your ability to shine!

Jamie

Friend Jamie on Facebook or follow Journey Church on Twitter @ Journey_MO

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