The road isn't ending for The Anxious Pastor podcast, but the road is bending and that excites me so much. I want to follow it and see where it takes us. In this episode of the podcast, I share the new name and focus of the podcast as well as the WHY behind the change. It's going to be great, please don't skip this episode.
The Anxious Pastor Podcast will now be called "Let's Get Tryin' with Aaron Lee."
Let’s Get Tryin’ is a podcast that challenges us to live real and authentic lives no matter the journey we’re on. From life to faith to even mental health, host Aaron Lee presents the importance of never giving up but living a life that’s rooted in vulnerability and authenticity. Through direct, one-on-one episodes with Aaron to interviews with those embracing their journey, we hope this podcast will break the barriers shielding the truth of the human condition.
36 Then Jesus went with them to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, “Sit here while I go over there to pray.” 37 He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, James and John, and he became anguished and distressed. 38 He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
39 He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”
40 Then he returned to the disciples and found them asleep. He said to Peter, “Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour? 41 Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!”
42 Then Jesus left them a second time and prayed, “My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will be done.” 43 When he returned to them again, he found them sleeping, for they couldn’t keep their eyes open.
44 So he went to pray a third time, saying the same things again. 45 Then he came to the disciples and said, “Go ahead and sleep. Have your rest. But look—the time has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Up, let’s be going. Look, my betrayer is here!” - Matthew 26:36-46
The podcast needs to model the example of Jesus.
1. Jesus was real and authentic
2. Jesus was honest and challenging
3. Jesus was bold and on mission
As the leader of His disciples, He isn't acting like He has it all together. He's laying out for them how overwhelmed He truly is. Jesus is being real!
His internal values are inline with His external declaration. - Aaron Lee
Imagine you grieving and you ask your friends to sit with you, but they fall asleep. How would you feel? Probably hurt! I imagine that's how Jesus felt. This is where doesn't hold in His hurt, but He's honest and He challenges them out of it.
If we are to live out that phrase "let's get tryin" then we have to be willing to be honest and challenge and allow others to challenge us. Also, we must encourage others to be honest with us no matter how hard it might be.
46 Up, let’s be going. Look, my betrayer is here!”
Another translation says "RISE! let us go." Kind of sounds like the phrase "let's get tryin'" doesn't it. The connection is that Jesus wasn't running from what's in front of Him, He was embracing it. He went to His betrayer.
That's what "Let's Get Tryin" will be all about... Whether it's anxiety, leadership, marriage, parenting, work or whatever, the goal is that we have to stand in front of whatever ready to do what must be done. I won't quit and we won't run any longer.
Jesus knew the end game. He knew that He needed to face His accusers to be able to fully be on mission. His mission was to save the world and restore the broken relationship between God and man.
“If you trade your authenticity for safety, you may experience the following: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction, rage, blame, resentment, and inexplicable grief.” ― Brené Brown
Considerable research supports the assertion that authentic functioning relates to positive psychological health and well-being, as well as to healthy interpersonal relationships. For example, researchers have found that authentic functioning relates to higher and more secure self-esteem, less depression, and healthier interpersonal relationships. - Article from iresearchnet.com on social-psychology and authenticity
So How Do We This? We do it by talking about topics that each of us deal with on a daily basis. Some of the upcoming topics that I'm looking for us to spend some time on is How to Have an Authentic Friendship, Why We Need to Slow Down, Why People Hate Politicians (that one will be fun), The Art of Listening, Having a Bad Day and How to Rebound. While these are just a few of the topics, I believe the answer to each one is be real. live authentic. Now it'll require us to talk practically about how to do that, but I still believe be real. live authentic is the answer.
Another way I believe we can do this is through social community. I have some big dreams for this, but starting out we have to be talking. Not just me talking. All of us! Our insecurities and pride will do there best to keep us from doing that, but if we have an awareness of that then I think it can really help.
August 12 we'll begin the next chapter of our podcasting journey.
Same format of a solo podcast with interviews every now and again. I hope to add more interviews as time goes on.
Anxious Pastor Community Group on Facebook will be rebranded as Let's Get Tryin' w/ Anxiety.
I would love for you all to flood our website which has been totally redesigned. You can still go to it by means of theanxiouspastor.com but you can also find it at aarontlee.com and letsgettryin.com.
“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.” - Brene Brown