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There is nothing in the world like putting yourself in a position to let God work, and then watching Him do so.  This past weekend I had the unique privilege of speaking to over 200 engaged and married couples at a Vows Conference in Wichita, KS.  Last week, as the conferenced approached, I felt an overwhelming fear of failure.  Questions clouded my mind like; What if I say the wrong thing?  What if I offend someone?  What if people don't like me or listen to me? 

No matter what obstacle is ahead of you, questions of failure and insecurity have a way of creeping into your thoughts.  I believe this is the enemies way of keeping you from 1) doing your best and 2) trusting in God (which leads to our best).  First, it is almost impossible to give your best in anything if you have already convinced yourself that you can or will fail.  Positive thinking and belief in ourselves, allows for better results.  God desires that we recognize our capabilities and appreciate the gifts He has created in us.

Second, God is in control of the ultimate outcome, therefore our only role and responsibility is to be available and to give our best, for His glory.  Many times our best will not good enough, but God's best is always enough.  Therefore our only role is to be available and obedient.

I was blessed by the outcome of the conference.  I had the wonderful privilege to watch God work through me and to experience and hear how God was working in so many through my words and experiences.  I have never believed that I had any greater ability or experiences to touch others, than the next guy.  I only believe that God desires to use those that are available to Him, and He blesses our willingness by showing up and allow us to experience His presence and strength through our obedience.

Psalms 37:4-5, "Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will do it." 

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