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“Have you ever had a hard time enjoying a certain season of life because you’re afraid the bottom might fall out?” ~ Pete Wilson
I still remember the first time I watched the movie, Gremlins. I was expecting it to be fun to watch all the way through, but it turned out to be a pretty scary flick at times (remember, I was still a kid, after all).
I hated seeing the cute, furry mogwais — kinda like mini ewoks — turn into ugly, scaly, nasty gremlins that killed and pillaged.
The adorable fur balls turned into gremlins, every time they were fed, whenever they ate food.
The same happens to our stories, if we’re not careful with how we handle them.
A What-If can very well turn from a lifegiving opportunity, into a soul-destructive gremlin.
It’s the place where the momentum for God’s change in our lives becomes unstoppable.
One thing’s for sure, since I put out the challenge, I definitely felt the pressure to follow one through.
I’d decided a little over a month ago, to enter the The Million Miles Short Film Contest.
What attracted me to do it, was the opportunity to tell my tale. It was a story that I’ve always wanted to write, but for too many reasons, couldn’t.
What if I did?
When I heard myself ask the What If question, I knew God was inviting me to do it.
This was all good. It was healing, emotionally and spiritually cathartic, to write and produce the film.
But, it wasn’t until last week, when we were wrapping things up to upload it, my happy, faith-inspiring idea suddenly turned on me.
They turned into gremlins, threatening to destroy my desire and willingness to tell my story.
When I actually had to follow though, I left my fears out on the table. Food for thought, goes the cliche.
And the negative What-Ifs came out of the woodwork.
Why are you embarrassing yourself?
This is not going to change who you are.
People are going to think your story is dumb.
This is going to backfire.
You can’t even get your quiet times with God down consistently. How dare you do this?
This is the voice of gremlins. Straight from the dark side.
These critical voices threatened to change my What-Ifs from faith inspiring, to self-focused introspection.
Come To A Point
That last one was a doozy. So, I went straight to God.
I asked a couple of close friends to pray for me. This was not about the contest anymore.
There comes a point — whenever you attempt to follow through on a What-If — you must choose what you feed your story: faith or fear.
It will no longer matter what the outcome is. After all, only God knows the result.
The game changing reality is this: we were given a heart, mind, and spirit– so that we may choose and exercise our faith.
The night before my post would go up, I struggled with canceling it.
I sat there, praying, desperate for reassurance to go forward from God.
God answered me with this:
“You’ll welcome us with open arms when we run for cover to you.
Let the party last all night!
Stand guard over our celebration.
You surround us with your favor as with a shield.“
Psalm 5:11, 12
With His favor as our shield, we have freedom.
Do you find the “gremlin” phenomenon when you try to live out your story of faith?
What encourages you to push past the critical voices?
NOW, IT’S YOUR TURN, FAITH BARISTAS!
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[ This is an original Faith Barista post, where Bonnie Gray serves up shots of faith for everyday life. ]