Pants On Fire


'If Your Pants Are On Fire, Being A Liar Becomes Less Important' photo (c) 2009, Byron Villegas - license: started a new small group last night at my house.  I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t nervous about it. What’s ridiculous is that this isn’t the first time I’ve started a small group.  In fact, the only reason I’m starting another one is because the first one was too big to really accomplish the main goal of small groups (no credit to me.  God and good people!).  Once you get too big, it’s hard to really fully engage everyone at the group and hard to give everyone an opportunity to speak up.

But I was definitely nervous.

On the other hand, my house was mostly clean.  I hadn’t been home in a week, so I wasn’t sure that I’d be able to pull it off, but it’s actually cleaner than it has been in a really long time.  So that’s definitely a bonus.

I guess the main reason for being nervous is that I think I was just scared that no one would want to drive 10 miles out of town just to come to my house to meet.  It’s not a horrible drive, but when you’re running short of time, like most people are these days, it can seem like a chore just to make that drive.

And, I guess if I were being completely honest, I didn’t have a plan.  We were going to watch a video and then talk about what we wanted to study, but I like to have things in order before I jump into something new.

But fear is a liar.

The reason that some of us don’t do incredible things?  Fear.  I’m tired of letting fear dictate parts of my life.

I know that starting a small group isn’t huge on people’s fears, and it’s definitely not on the top of mine, but it’s just one of those things where it would be so much easier just to sit back and let someone else take the risks.  But a life without great risks is a life without great rewards.  I think the rewards are going to be quite a bit of fun, so I’m diving in.

Oh, and last night went great.  People actually showed up.  I think we’re going to have a good time.

About the author

  • Amy Book

    Fear is a stinking, ugly liar 🙂
    So proud to call you friend.

    • Love you, my friend. I hope you’re loving every minute of your life right now!! I miss you!!

  • Crystal

    Save a seat for me 🙂

  • Paula Thomas

    I so needed to read this. I’ve actually been working on letting go of some of my fear lately and stepping out of my comfort zone.

    • Good. Wanna go skydiving? Just kidding. I haven’t got to that point yet 😉 But I’m right there with you. Keep it up!