Confessions of a Recovering Coward

Erik Cooper —  February 21, 2011 — 3 Comments

I am a recovering coward. Don’t believe me? Check out the caption below my picture over there on the right. It’s true.

And some days I still fall of the wagon and find myself subconsciously living the coward’s creed:

Indecisiveness is next to godliness.

(We’ve got t-shirts, bumper stickers, even a website in the works. Well, the ideas anyway. We’re too nervous to actually launch them.)

(OK, honestly, there’s not really even a club. We couldn’t figure out where to meet).

I hate making decisions. Making decisions inevitably irritates people. Making decisions creates conflict. Conflict means people may not like you. And people not liking you is painful. We instinctively avoid pain, because pain…you know…hurts and all.

The only problem? No one said following Jesus would be painless. Just ask, well…


Climb back up on that wagon.

Any other recovering cowards out there? What are you afraid of? Does it ever interfere with your ability to follow Jesus?

I’d love to hear from you. Maybe even meet for coffee (if we can ever decide on a location). Until then, the comments on this post may be a safe place to start.

3 responses to Confessions of a Recovering Coward

  1. Good post, as always.

    I typically avoid the venture into the waters of fear…. And with it, a hesitation to take a stand in areas I am not absolutely sure of. I suppose that is where my faith comes in. My first thoughts were, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” And even with this reminder from Holy Spirit, I must push through the veil of fear which would keep me indecisive or even inert.

    Fear is definitely a trap for man. I have seen in Scripture the ruin on many a man who feared man… Yet the fear of God brings wisdom and life. (Some like to use the word “reverence” in place of “fear,” but I am ashamed to say, I have never experienced the “the terror of the Lord.” see 2 Cor 5:11) I also know that “perfect love casts out fear,” but I liken that to a process we grow into.

    I suppose it all boils down to motives. The “why” I “do” or “not do” the things I do and don’t. Do they honor God or me or some “good cause?” (Any answer other than “honor God” should justifiability cause fear. : )

    I have discovered that the things we stand for defines who we are. Those things forged in the fire of fear become our weapons that God will use for His kingdom. Although fear is not fun, it is one of the ways God will opportune us to grow into His likeness.

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