Today’s post is written by Brave Writer Stacey Lozano.
I have struggled within the past decade or so with striving to be free from many things. I have studied the Bible, I have learned God’s words and read the examples He left us, I have taken great strides, but recently I realized something which changes it all a little. You might say this concept has put everything on it’s head.
When it gets right down to it, regardless of HOW it got there or WHO did WHAT, all my dragons that I am trying to fight are now within me.
It’s a little frustrating, if I’m honest. Isn’t it easier to point fingers and lay blame at the feet of others? Isn’t it easier to disown the situation and claim no fault. In fact, often times the fighting comes to a halt completely. Because it’s easier that way.
But the truth of the matter is I am now the one who holds on to the hurt, recalls the blame, and allows the burden to weigh me down. I am the one who lets the fear fester and grow inside my heart, until what once was a gnat I could swat away has now become a dragon which seems so vicious and ferocious. I am the one who allows the dragons to guard who I really am, just in case something happens again.
You know what else I have realized? There is no feeling of being brave before hand. It’s a decision. SO I am never going to feel as if I can take this dragon, even though I can, until I have done it.
It makes it a little harder, doesn’t it? But you know what? We can still do it.
We can still free ourselves of fears rooted in old hurts and pains, by choosing to forgive.
We can still learn to trust again even after people have left, by choosing to open to new.
We can still live in joy and peace even if our circumstances aren’t what we would prefer, by choosing to see differently.
We can still find contentment right where we are, by choosing.
Because we can choose to do these things, when we look back on this time we will realize how that very choice defeated the dragons which haunted our soul and guarded the treasure of our heart. And at that point we will realize how very brave we have been as we have done it.
So, let’s choose, shall we? One step, one moment, one choice, one dragon at a time.
Stacey Lozano adores her dear husband and is ever so grateful for her oldest, his wife, and her youngest. She desires that all know how to protect themselves physically, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. You can visit regularly with Stacey at http://staceydaze.blogspot.com