Dreams vs. Purpose: A Lesson in Overcoming Fear

This past weekend we launched City Place Church. It was an indescribable kind of crazy/ amazing journey.

Launch Sunday!

This kind of thing doesn’t just happen. I would be remissed if I said we just planted a church; we didn’t. Rather, we were players in a much greater purpose that has been stirring for years. We were fulfilling a purpose that has extended beyond what our hearts and minds could conceive. I should preface this next thought by saying that I’m sort of an obsessive goal setter/ planner. There is a great satisfaction in seeing things written down, then crossed off when it’s completed.  Say it with me “goals are my friends.” Thank you for playing along. Moving on. 

In thinking this week about the entire process of launching a church, how it has stretched us and sometimes brought us to tears, I think that about how noticeably different this has been from checking a goal off a list. It’s sooo much more than that. This has been a process of living out purpose, not merely having a goal. Purpose wakes the emotions and forces vulnerability. True indeed. It’s as though my inner emotions have been as intermingled with the journey as passionate Latin tango dancers.  That leads me to an observation- having goals and living in purpose are different. 

So often I confuse the two. I bet you do too. This launch weekend I found one sure way to distinguish between the two…. And it all has to do with fear.

The question is how much does “the big thing” scare you? The job that seems unattainable, quitting your job to work for a nonprofit, starting a church… how much does it scare you? There’s a great chance that you’re on the right track when you’re scared out of your mind, even when you know it is the right thing to do. 

I told my family and friends during moments that were particularly hard, “I know that this is a journey that no one can walk out for me.” In my mind there was no doubt that we were doing exactly what God wanted us to do when we moved to Florida to plant City Place Church. The problem was knowing our purpose didn’t take away the fear of talking to strangers, raising money for the programs and facilities, or forming teams any easier. 

Just last week I had to overcome one final fear. It’s kind of silly now that I think about it but this was particularly difficult. Here it goes.

I know right! You see, all of the marketing was completed. Check. Enough funds were raised to cover the equipment and programs. Check. The facilities were lined up. Check. The volunteers were recruited. Check.  There was one final push and that was telling people about the launch service- it was door knocker day. All of the work had been done but what good was it if no one knew about City Place Church? 

I was afraid. What if people rejected the invitation to come? What if they thought we were ridiculous? I thought of 1,000 reasons why I was now afraid to place a card on the doors of strangers. 

Fear stared me in the face, daring me to make the last push. In those moments (because it was a constant pep talk of bravery), I had to decide to put one foot in front of the other (literally). Nothing cooky or magical, just doing it. Resistance will try to stop you when you’re on to something awesome. But as children of God, we must put fear in its rightful place… and that’s underneath our feet as we are putting one foot in front of the other. 


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Until next time we meet for time in God’s Word, punch fear in the face!