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Hunting for Blackberries


Friday afternoon, I went by my aunt and uncle’s house to take care of something. While my uncle was taking care of it, my aunt and I were picking blackberries from the bush in their yard. As we were doing this, I noticed thorns on the bush. Even though I noticed these thorns, I got my hair stuck in the bush and had to have my aunt help me out.

So what?

Even though there is a risk of getting hurt or being embarrassed, that shouldn't stop you from trying.
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Yes, a risk is involved in picking blackberries, but you’re doing it to get something good.

What does this have to do with God and faith?

Having faith and a relationship with God is incredibly similar. Trusting God seems to us to be a risk. We have to take a chance and put our own plans aside. But in doing so, we allow the possibility for hurt and embarrassment to come our way. Or so we think.

But like I’ve said in an earlier post: God doesn’t want to hurt us.

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There is the chance that we’ll be hurt because we have to put our plans aside or we have to go outside our comfort zones. Or the fear that God will call us to do something embarrassing.

If you go through these thoughts and anxieties, know that you’re not alone. I go through them, too.

But, like the blackberries, there is something good and worth the process.

God call us out of our comfort zones and our own plans because He knows there’s something beyond those. Ad that something is so much better than anything we could’ve come up with on our own.

I’m going through this right now. I have my own hopes and dreams. Yet I logically know that what God has planned is better than anything I could come up with on my own.

Let me ask you this:

John C. Maxwell
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If it is (and it is), work on trusting God one step at a time.


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