Friday, March 20, 2009

Why do we hold back?

This question has been rattling around in my mind all week, "Why do we hold back?" When we could give so much more of ourselves, why do we hold back? When we have more to give, why do we hold back? When we have more... you get the picture.

The question began Sunday afternoon. We had a very good time of worship that morning and I felt pretty good about the sermon, but... I realized that had held back. I had to admit, at least to myself, that I didn't give it all that morning. Don't get me wrong, I realize that there are times when holding back might be a wise decision. Such as when reactionary thoughts and retorts come to mind. It is usually a good decision at those times to hold back and not share all that comes to mind. But what I am talking about is when it was not only okay, but even better if we wouldn't hold back. I believe that this past Sunday was one of those times that I held back. My question is why.

I am still wrestling with the answer. I let you know how the wrestling goes. How about you, do you hold back?


At 9:14 PM, Blogger Rob said...

Sometimes I hold back because putting it all out there would expose me to possible condemnation or riducle...even to disappointment, too.

Another reason I hold back is that if I invest all of myself in someone or in a situation, I may end up giving more time and effort than I selfishly want to give up.

Both cruddy reasons for holding back....but ones I use anyway.


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