If God has put something in your heart to do, I want to encourage you to stop putting it off and just do it. Too often, I ponder the thoughts of my heart way too long without taking action. I allow self-doubt or fear or worries to rob the good thing I would have done if only I’d listened and leaped forward.
I wish I were bolder. Braver. More willing to take risks. Or to believe in myself. Or in God’s ability to help me.
But there are times when something holds me back. Do you ever feel that reluctance to give yourself the freedom to follow your heart?
When we try something new, our first attempts can be pretty sketchy. Sometimes, awful. Like rough drafts. That’s why they’re called “rough” drafts, right? Thinking about my lousy first attempts at writing could keep me from trying again. What if fear crippled me and I stopped writing altogether?
Even though I believe we should do the thing we were made to do, to follow God’s nudging, there are times when I don’t listen. I overlook, or ignore, the longings I feel.
Do you ever feel that way?
Sometimes we have to give ourselves a gentle kick. To be open to failing, if need be. If we don’t, we’ll never know what we could have accomplished with God’s grace and goodness fueling us.
“I might fall on my face.”
It’s true. We might.
Starting something new can be scary. However, one step leads us to draw the next foot forward. Writing the first sentence makes the second one easier. Speaking the first line eases the way for all the others to be said confidently. But that first step, that newborn effort, however big or small, can be the most daunting.
We have to kick fear out of the picture. Be willing to take the plunge. Dream big. Follow through. I challenge you, and me, to take that first step, and see what happens.
Panic can cripple creativity. We might feel momentarily frozen. Thus, stage fright.
But, please know, you can do it. I can do it. We can take that fumbling step forward, and the next step will be easier.
If you feel a call to do a thing, and it’s pounding a wild drumbeat in your heart, telling you over and over to try, to take that step, then squash fear and doubt. Sweep it out the door, and welcome the chance to follow a dream.
If we should falter, let’s not wallow in misery and allow one misstep to keep us from trying again.
Instead, be bold.
Take a step.
Do what’s in your heart.
Faith is all or nothing.
Start that new thing. Write a book. Paint a picture. Move to a new place. Look for a different job. Teach a Sunday school class. Start a youth group. Preach. Become a missionary.
Follow your dream. Which really means follow your heart, believing that God, who loves you so much, is leading you.
Just do it. And be glad you did.