Resist the Pressure to Stay Trapped

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Resist the Pressure to Stay Trapped

"Stay Trapped With Us" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

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She isn't trapped. Neither are they. But it's an agreement most people accept: to live trapped lives together. I've told this story before, but I repeat it because it was one of the most important nights and revelations of my life. I was a pastor of a Presbyterian church and I hated my job. I went to bed totally depressed and hopeless. I felt trapped with no way out. I had a dream. The dream was simple: I just heard a voice say, "It's time!" I woke up laughing. I realized I wasn't trapped at all. I was the freest person in the world! And I felt it. I felt completely free. What I realized was that I was free all along. What kept me feeling trapped was my fear of the consequences of acting free. We all know there are going to be consequences if we act free. We're going to upset people... our friends and family. We're going to confirm the opinions of our enemies. We're going to disappoint and alarm our co-workers, our bosses, our churches, our pastors. I quit my job as a pastor. Lisa and I and our three young kids leaped into the void. It was a huge risk, but it was worth it. In fact, we look back on that period as one of the most fun, adventurous, and exciting times of our lives. Like I told one of my coaching clients yesterday, "I can't explain the science behind it, but when you act in your freedom, the universe aligns to support your decision." That was true for me and always has been. Don't be pressured into staying trapped. The truth is, you're not trapped. Neither are they. Act free because you are! Join other freedom fighters at The Lasting Supper. What a bunch!

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