“The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear.
What can mere people do to me?
Yes, the Lord is for me; he will help me.”
I was browsing my Instagram (i.e. procrastinating as usual) today and came across a quote that read “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” (I created the photo above
so I won’t get sued for every penny I do or have to avoid copyright issues.) That question stopped me in my tracks (or at least made me stop scrolling for a bit). So much of what we decide to do or not do is influenced by the opinions of others or rather, what we assume the opinions of others will. When I asked myself this question, I thought of the endless list of things that I have refrained from doing because I was afraid of what others may think of me. Even longer, was the list of things I have never done because I was afraid to fail, and given my self-diagnosis of terminal perfectionism, that list is longer that I would like to admit.
During the planning and building of this blog I experienced a myriad of emotions. One moment I was so excited about all the ideas in my head that I couldn’t sleep, and the next moment I was so afraid that I was going to fail or that others were going to judge me that I couldn’t sleep (either way, I am in serious need of some zzz’s). What if this is not God’s will? What if everyone thinks I’m crazy or weird? What if writing and making videos about issues like simplicity and modesty is actually immodest? *face palm* Did I turn on the alarm and the porch light? (okay, the last one is unrelated, but that’s how my brain works)…These were the questions that kept me paralyzed and unable to make to post anything on this site for quite some time.
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10 KJV
The bible tells us numerous times to “fear not”. We should not fear what “mere people” think about us. What is it that you have held back because of fear? What things would you do if you knew you could not fail and weren’t afraid of what others would think? Would you write a blog? *wink* Or maybe you’d start a business? Would you become a missionary? Would finally go to bible college? Would you pick up your camera and take those pictures that you dream about? Would you reach out to that friend, family member, or co-worker? Would you complete your education? Or would you apply for that dream job? Would you teach that bible study or start that ministry?
Here are some tips to help you get started:
Tip 1: Pray about it.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Phil4:6NLT
I’ve heard it said, “I don’t want to do a thing and then ask the Lord to bless it. I want to pray to do the thing the Lord has already blessed.” You never want to do anything without praying about it first. Don’t ever leave God out of your plans. It would be like picking a random spot on the road and trying to build a house with no building permit or blueprint (just not a good idea). When you submit to God’s will in your life, He will guide your footsteps and you won’t have to worry if you are going in the right direction or not.
Tip 2: Write it down.
Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision, And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come Hab2:2-3NKJV
Laying things out on paper or (for this generation) an electronic device can bring clarity to the ideas, dreams and visions floating around in your head. Begin making plans and lists to help organize and prepare yourself.
Tip 3: Take Action.
Don’t you remember that our ancestor Abraham was shown to be right with God by his actions when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see, his faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete. James2:21-22NLT
*photo credit http://www.morguefile.com/creative/hilarycl*
Sometimes, the first step is the most difficult one. However, it can also be the most rewarding. Leaps of faith are scary, but if you know that your safety net is the hand of the Almighty God, then what do you have to fear?
Tip 4: Don’t worry about what others will think.
Whatever it is that God has placed in you to do, don’t be afraid to step out on faith and give it a try. The only time you fail is when you don’t try at all. God made you special. You came with your own talents and personality. You were created in His image. That means no one can compare to you because there is ONLY one you. It is unwise and a waste of time to compare yourself to others. Do what it is that keeps burning in your heart. Can you do it on your own? No, you can’t. Can God do it through you? He most certainly can, and I believe He wants to. He is waiting for us to be fearless in our faith, to pray those big prayers, and to do what He designed us to do.
So, what are we waiting for?