Losing my fear of looking foolish

Every now and again a situation may come across our paths where God will require us to act in a way that may be perceived as foolish or embarrassing in the world’s eyes.  From a very young age we are all taught to act, speak and dress in a certain way so that we can fit in and conform with society.  If it happens that we act outside of this expected behaviour we run the risk of being treated as an outsider.  The result: A re-wired brain full of fear and pride to act as a protection mechanism so that we can avoid these seemingly foolish acts as far as possible.

But then God comes into your life and He requires you at times to let go of all these inhibitions so that you can be part of His bigger plan. 1 Corinthians 1:27 says the following:

“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong”

It is not that what we are required to do for the Lord is really foolish, but rather that what the world perceives is wise is not necessarily so for God.  Mark Batterson says the following in his book “In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy day”: It is those who are not willing to be foolish, who are in fact foolish.

If we cannot lose this fear we have, of acting in foolish ways for God in front of the world, we may lose out in being part of God’s plan and worse making a difference in someone else’s life that may be in dire need to hear from Him.  Just in this week I was required to swallow my pride and invite someone I didn’t even know to join a small group.  It was only afterwards that I found out that this person was at one of their lowest points in their life and was desperately looking for a sign that God still cares.

Suddenly this fear I have of looking foolish felt like nothing compared to the fear that my decision, not to act, could have been an obstacle in this person’s way of seeing God’s care and knowing that He hears us when we seek Him.  Losing our fear of acting foolish will help us break down the walls we have built for ourselves, but also make it much easier to obey the next time God comes with an unusual request.

God can only work through those who humble themselves

and are prepared to act ‘foolishly’ for Him

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