Be Fearless Christian Poster
If only there was a Christian Poster that had reminded me to Be Fearless when I was growing up! Well, that is, one that I would have wanted to put up in my bedroom. Of course there were the traditional Sunday school posters around back then. Ones that actually inspired the origins of Slingshot Christian Products to do what we do. Sunday school was an incredible time in the life of a child! Do you remember the anticipation of getting a prize for knowing your memory verse? Or the dread you felt when you knew you didn’t know it at all? There were many cliché verses that we learned over the years. This was always one of my favorites.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
Maybe you even sang the song in your Sunday school class. It was one that had all the actions to it. Maybe you were that one kid that was too nervous to do the actions… I was. Until I realized I was actually the one standing out because I would do them. Interesting how things like that occur to us when we least expect it. But that’s another topic for another time and for a different blog.
I remember vividly when this scripture lost its influence on me. It was grade 7. Baggy neon jeans were all the rage and if you had a thick chain necklace, that was actually cool! That day I would stand at the front door, ready to walk to school and say the thing I’d said to my mom hundreds of times before. All us kids would recite “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I am a happy, obedient boy.” Yes, I was one adorable grade school child!
That day, it was my first day in a new school. That day, I got be beat up by a bunch of bullies. That day sucked. It was the first time I remember thinking to myself, “I can’t do all things through Christ. I couldn’t stop those mean kids. In fact, I can’t do anything.” The truth of that verse had been stolen from me.
Since that time, it hasn’t been the only time I’ve ‘lost’ the power of a well known scripture. John 10:10 reminds us that the enemy is out to steal, kill and destroy. Wouldn’t you guess that he would love to steal the truths of the gospel that we hold dearly in our hearts. The enemy of our souls seeks to kill the very promises that have shaped the foundation of our faith. With this kind of full frontal assault, it’s no surprise that one of the most imperative front lines of this war is in our mind. If I can be convinced to think that I cannot do all things through Christ, I will begin to feel that I cannot do all things which means I will begin to believe I cannot do all things, therefore I will follow this up with my actions or in this case, the lack thereof. If I can be convinced of this then I begin to relinquish my talents, my abilities, my visions and dreams because the opposition is just too overwhelming.
I’m willing to bet that I’m probably not alone on this. That sometime in your life you felt like you can’t do everything, even through Christ. Yet that is what Scripture promises us. That we can do all things through Christ and that he does strengthen us. We are in a constant state of need. The need to be reminded of the truth! Hearing it once does not create a core belief. It is the repetition of the truth that will solidify that truth deep in our hearts.
This is why we make Christian Posters. There is a truth that we must know so well that it cannot be punched out of us by an insecure, hurting bully. When we hang a message on our wall, it is so much more than a simple piece of artwork. It is declarative. These message become slogans for life. Catherine Snow (Ph.D.) is an expert on language and literacy development. She says:
“ In order to have a high probability of learning a word, you need to encounter it fifteen, twenty times.” (VOA Article)
But that is just a word. Let’s take it deeper and ask ourselves, how long does it take to form new behaviour? James Clear writes about behavioral psychology and in one of his articles sites a study done at University College London by health psychology researcher Phillippa Lally, debunking the 21 day habit myth.
On average, it takes more than 2 months before a new behavior becomes automatic — 66 days to be exact. (James Clear Article)
66 days to form a new behavior. I wonder what the process looks like to form new beliefs or to repair broken beliefs. Again, this topic is for another time and for someone far more credible than I. However, let us consider the simple fact that if we want to have a successful strategy to defend the attack on the mind, we need powerful messages repeated over and over again. This is why we make Christian Posters and why you should put them up on your walls!
My friends, this is the truth. You and I we were made to love God with all our mind, soul and strength. We were made to be a light in this world. We were made to love others with the same love that Christ demonstrated to the Church. We were designed to show mercy when justice demands an eye for an eye. We were created to ask questions, seek wisdom and not live our lives in isolation. We are framed to hope unswervingly, with utter abandon, as the heroes of the faith demonstrated to us. We were formed to stand up for whatever is true, whatever is pure and live bravely. You and I were intended to act justly amidst an unjust society. We were purposed to stay humble before our God. Yes my friends, you and I were made to Be Fearless!