Liberated From Fear

Rev is going to be with us tomorrow. ONE SERVICE ONLY AT 10:00 AM! He has long served the Denver metro community with his leadership working with gang members, gang prevention and helping offenders after they get out of prison. He serves families who have lost loved ones due to violence (far too many of them) and he serves families with children to teach them skills to stay out of gangs. He is the “gang expert” called upon by civic leaders in Colorado and around the country. He has a larger than life persona. He prays fervently. And, Rev is our friend.

We haven’t been through what Rev has been through in his life. We didn’t grow up where he did. We don’t know the people Rev knows. Does that mean we can’t help or serve like Rev?

In fact, we do serve and help Rev. We’ve partnered with Rev’s organization Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives for many years. Jesus calls us to be peacemakers (Matt 5:9) And we don’t need to be afraid to serve with Rev (or anywhere we’re called.) Here are a few thoughts on this topic from Nelson Mandela:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.  

Rev wants every child and adult in his programs to know that they are children of God. We can help shine that light when we let our own light shine. We are grateful that God has partnered us with Rev. 

We’ll be looking for you tomorrow at 10:00 AM!

Grace be with you,

Vikki

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