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  1. Many of us have worked in environments (even churches) where fear is the primary tool used by leadership to control people. In those environments, spitting in the face of fear gives you the opportunity to pursue your passions rather than their approval. We just need to learn how to be creative (http://wp.me/p36il6-58).

    1. Terry, Loved your informative post! I believe we all have a creative nature, but for many of us it has been stifled or we have never had the courage to express it. Fascinating in your post how many of the requirements for expressing full creativity are almost oxymorons. The ability to look at what exists on both ends of a spectrum and incorporate the best of what you fine. Very thought provoking. Thank you for commenting and providing the link to your BRAIN!

  2. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
    Words to live by in these perilous times! Thank you Ken for your message to all of us!

  3. Letting fear control us implies we serve an impotent God. “This is what God, Yahweh, says—who created the heavens and stretched them out,
    who spread out the earth and what comes from it,
    who gives breath to the people on it
    and life to those who walk on it—” (Isaiah 42:5). Does this sound like a helpless God? Powerful resolutions, Ken, thank you.

  4. Hi Ken,
    I love your enthusiasim, your vigor, your determination to live fully, and your humor. And I loved reading Fully Alive. I often think that if I had had your voice in my ear growing up and throughout my life I would have taken more risks and would have lived far more outrageously and adventurously – I would have probably learned to swim, gone skiing or snowboarding, stood on the edge of cliffs to get a better view, and so much more. We would have done some great things together! I also think I would have been an internal and emotional mess. Your voice, though I thoroughly appreciate it, is so different than my voice that I hear within myself. First of all, I don’t spit – at anyone or anything. I understand you are not talking about literal spitting – I’m just not a defiantly back-at-you person. I care deeply and want to affect things that matter to me, but in a quiet, thoughtful way. I admire the doers and go-getters in the world and the Bible is quite clear that if actions do not accompany our faith there is a problem. I do and I go, but at my core, I relate to life in reflection and contemplation. Secondly, I did hesitate after 911 not just to fly, but in a number of ways. The hesitation was not so much about fear as it was who I am. I hesitate and consider in the face of potential danger. That may seem fearful and greatly lacking in audacity, but I like to think that that sort of thinking and consideration is the reason cars have airbags, the reason safety features or back-up procedures of any kind are a part of our lives. As popular as it is currently to live radical Christianity and to dare and do great exploits for God, there are many of us who are simply not that kind of person. Honestly, it hurts sometimes. We can feel inadequate, less-than, and critcized until we remember that we are not failures or anomolies; we are created by the Most High God for purpose and influence. Our accomplishments may seem puny by comparison to those of more driven, high-impact type people and we may seem timid and retiring compared to those who are extroverted, aggresive, and bold, but comparison is rarely helpful and what matters is being faithful to who God has made us and what He has called us, as that creation, to be and do. We will never have the far-reaching, global impact as someone like you, but the globe also needs those of us who are simply there in our own worlds, being caring, kind, present, and listening. People like you are awesome and while we love your heart and adreneline, there are many of us who will never and should never be like you. And that’s okay.

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