There’s something that you really want to do that you’re totally afraid to do. I don’t know what it is. I don’t know your motives and desires behind it. You have been longing to make this dream happen for days. Or maybe weeks. Or months. Or even years. You believe that you can do anything in the strength of the Lord but the truth is? You’re afraid.
You’re afraid that you won’t succeed. That you’ll fall flat on your face and fail.
You’re scared to death of what people might see when they hear or see that you’re trying this new thing. You’re really worried that someone will tell your mama what an idiot they think you are and how she should rein you back in.
Or you’re afraid to even tell your mama that you want to do this brave thing. Or your husband or wife. Or your children. Because they just might think it’s pretty crazy. Or daring. And they might tell you that you shouldn’t. What if the church should get wind of this new brave thing? Oh the prayer chain aka gossip train that might ensue! “Please pray for Sister ___________. She knows not what she does.”
You’re afraid of the whispers and slanted glances and Satan is lying to you. Because he will do whatever it takes to prevent you from doing God’s work.
Last week I attended the Business Boutique in Dallas. (Highly recommend for any Christian businesswoman, by the way! More about that later.) One of the quotes in the conference guide was this:
Don’t wait until you’re not scared to do the thing you want to do. Do it scared.
I fully believe this quote. Because if you wait until you have no fear at all, then you’ll never follow through. You’ll never take the leap of faith. Actually you’ll never even take the first step of faith.
While at the conference last week, one of the exercises was to write out a letter of encouragement and the idea was to give that letter to another Christian businesswoman at the designated time. However, I somehow missed the given moment. (I was most likely in the bathroom. Yes, I thank my 6 children.)
Today I realized that writing the letter was not a waste of time although I missed “the moment.” YOU are here because you need to know to move forward with that idea. Take the first baby step. Write it down. Make a plan. Dream a dream and then put hands and feet to it. Pray a dream and then put hands and feet to it.
Do it scared!
This letter is for you.
God has given you a unique calling on your life. A job that no one else could do. This venture- this adventure- is for your good and His glory. He will never leave you alone. He goes before you- preparing the way. He walks alongside you- strengthening each step. He goes behind you- protecting your heart. (and maybe prodding you along a little.)
His plan for you is greater than you can possibly imagine. You can’t wrap your mind around how much He loves you and longs to use your dreams. So go forward in confidence! Lean in to hear every word He whispers to your heart. Ask Him for guidance because He knows the path. You can do all things through his strength!
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
What if we dared to start dreaming and actually tell someone that dream? I’d love to hear what God has been placing on your heart. Is it a new ministry? A start-up business? A volunteer position? Will you share your new venture with us today?
Over the Weekend