Don’t Build Bridges Sep25

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Don’t Build Bridges

Blog post by Amanda Caldwell, Titus2 alum and Board Member

“Don’t Build Bridges”..... I heard these words many times from Regina Williams, my mentor and the founder of Titus2 Mentoring Women.  I know why I heard these words so often - it's because my tendency is to consider the “what ifs” of life.  “What if” I begin a mentoring group and no one is interested?  “What if” I begin mentoring and don’t have the words of wisdom that are needed?  “What if” I begin a group and realize that I am over committed and don’t have the time.  Of course, these are the “what ifs” related to mentoring, but there are so many in other arenas of life.   The list would go on forever regarding the possible things that could happen.

In reality, the “what ifs” are an indication of fear.  Fear is defined as a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil or pain whether is real or imagined.

Jesus was aware of our tendency to fear.  He said...

“Do not let your heart be troubled, do not let it be afraid." John 14:27b  

Why?  Because.....

“My peace is not the peace the world gives."  John 14:27a

Jesus also tells us not to worry about tomorrow, that "each day has enough trouble of its own." (Matthew 6:34)  I think this verse is the crux of what Regina was trying to say.  “Each day has enough" - keeping our focus on the present and what God is leading us to do is essential to keep out of the tangled web of “what ifs”.  Out of the tangled web of fear - fear that can be crippling.  That can keep us in analysis paralysis.  That can keep us from living a fruitful life.

Remembering back, I can hear Regina’s words echoing in my mind.  “Don’t build bridges in your mind of what COULD happen, because you just don’t know.”  She would encourage me to “trust God”, “keep walking in faith”, to be "bold and courageous" (Joshua 1:9) with my thought life and to “take every thought captive”. (2 Corinthians 10:5)

“Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do  not be afraid.  Do not be discouraged.  The Lord is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9

What is God leading you to do?
How can you refuse to build bridges today?
How can you walk in FAITH and not FEAR?

"I sought the Lord and He answered me, and He delivered me from all my fears."  Psalm 34:4

 

For His glory and the next generation,

Titus2 Mentoring Women
info@titus2mentoringwomen.com

For resources to equip and guide you in your mentoring, go to www.titus2mentoringwomen.com
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Don’t Build Bridges Sep25

wordswag_1505920200283

Don’t Build Bridges

Blog post by Amanda Caldwell, Titus2 alum and Board Member

“Don’t Build Bridges”..... I heard these words many times from Regina Williams, my mentor and the founder of Titus2 Mentoring Women.  I know why I heard these words so often - it's because my tendency is to consider the “what ifs” of life.  “What if” I begin a mentoring group and no one is interested?  “What if” I begin mentoring and don’t have the words of wisdom that are needed?  “What if” I begin a group and realize that I am over committed and don’t have the time.  Of course, these are the “what ifs” related to mentoring, but there are so many in other arenas of life.   The list would go on forever regarding the possible things that could happen.

In reality, the “what ifs” are an indication of fear.  Fear is defined as a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil or pain whether is real or imagined.

Jesus was aware of our tendency to fear.  He said...

“Do not let your heart be troubled, do not let it be afraid." John 14:27b  

Why?  Because.....

“My peace is not the peace the world gives."  John 14:27a

Jesus also tells us not to worry about tomorrow, that "each day has enough trouble of its own." (Matthew 6:34)  I think this verse is the crux of what Regina was trying to say.  “Each day has enough" - keeping our focus on the present and what God is leading us to do is essential to keep out of the tangled web of “what ifs”.  Out of the tangled web of fear - fear that can be crippling.  That can keep us in analysis paralysis.  That can keep us from living a fruitful life.

Remembering back, I can hear Regina’s words echoing in my mind.  “Don’t build bridges in your mind of what COULD happen, because you just don’t know.”  She would encourage me to “trust God”, “keep walking in faith”, to be "bold and courageous" (Joshua 1:9) with my thought life and to “take every thought captive”. (2 Corinthians 10:5)

“Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do  not be afraid.  Do not be discouraged.  The Lord is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9

What is God leading you to do?
How can you refuse to build bridges today?
How can you walk in FAITH and not FEAR?

"I sought the Lord and He answered me, and He delivered me from all my fears."  Psalm 34:4

 

For His glory and the next generation,

Titus2 Mentoring Women
info@titus2mentoringwomen.com

For resources to equip and guide you in your mentoring, go to www.titus2mentoringwomen.com
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