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Honesty

What prevents us from being fully known? The greatest adversary to being fully known is dishonesty. And fear is the driving force in most of our dishonesty. Our fears are often greater than our desire for intimacy. Those who compromise honesty generally do so because of three fears: fear of being exposed, fear of emotional pain, and fear of not being loved.

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Promises Promises

I am going to make a solemn promise to you and to everyone who will live after you. Genesis 9:9 (CEV)
People renege on their promises all the time. The salesman says that the price won’t go any lower. Your boss commits to a raise next year. The politician says he will fix the potholes in the road. Each time someone fails to deliver on a promise, our trust in humanity is shaken just a little bit more.

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Do Not Fear

Fear and discomfort are part of change. It doesn’t matter if the change is something wonderful (like marriage) or difficult (like standing at the starting line of a marathon). Our bodies are beautifully wired by God to respond in certain ways to any situation that alters the status quo. That thumping in your chest? The sweat on your palms? They’re both signals that your body is in a state of high alert. It’s telling you, “What’s happening is important. Focus and fully pay attention.”
We can experience this state of alert as excitement or fear. When we’re excited, it’s easy to keep going with the change. But when it comes across as fear, we begin to question whether we’re doing the right thing after all.

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