Fear lives in me. Does it live in you?
It has taken residence in my heart and kept me from stepping out in courage.
Day after day, I have lived paralyzed by the fear of what could happen.
Could – This one simple word is at the root of all fear. It is about sitting still because of what might happen – in the future.
Often this future is something entirely new and unrecognizable. Because you cannot visualize it, you cannot place yourself in that picture. So, rather than stepping out in faith, you sit and remain paralyzed.
While your heart feels guilty for not stepping, your mind rationalizes it away.
“That’s for someone else.”
“I don’t have the education, nor the resources.”
“Who am I?”
“Someone else can do this better than me?”
Do these thoughts sound familiar to you? Have you spent more days trying to figure out how to get out of your calling, rather than stepping into it?
If this resonates with you, then friend, you are not alone! We all have been in this place of fear!
It is my prayer that this post will encourage you not to let fear hold you back any longer. It is time for you to take a step.
Mark Batterson, in his book, Chase the Lion wrote,
“You may doubt yourself because of your lack of education or lack of experience. But if God has called you, you aren’t really doubting yourself. You’re doubting God. God doesn’t call the qualified. God qualifies the called.”
As a Christian writer, God has called you to use your gifts to serve others. When you choose not to take a step, you are not only denying your God-given purpose, but you are choosing not to trust Him.
Ouch. That is hard to hear, isn’t it?
I don’t know about you, but I tend to stay away from taking a step into the abyss of the unknown. I would much rather feel qualified before taking my first step. And so, more often than not, I will take a course, read a book, or sign-up for a Mastermind group to become qualified.
It is then and only then that I will take my first step.
These actions speak volumes about my trust level, don’t they? When I choose to be qualified first, I’m really saying “God, I don’t fully trust you. I need to take control of this situation and learn more first.”
It’s human nature to think this way. It is, after all, how the world operates. But, like so many areas of life, God is asking me (and you) not to follow the world’s ways. He is asking you to follow Him.
“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; for I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
Friend, you may not feel equipped to write God’s words. You might wonder “why me, Lord?” And, you might question whether you have the theology to do His calling. These feelings are normal and to be expected.
But, here’s the good news. God is with you. He is walking with you, step by step, in perfect harmony. He wants you to take a step – just one small step – for Him. And He wants you to do it scared.
Will you walk scared?
I know you can! God is with you and I am here to encourage you each and every step you take! If you need someone to pray for your next scared step, I would love to be that person. Send me an email and let me know how I can pray for you. Let’s be a community that supports each others’ steps.
I believe in the power of journaling. I’m guessing you might too. Use these journaling prompts to help you walk scared – for God – and for the calling, He has placed on your life.
- What is one small step you can take for God today?
- What do you need from God to take this step? In the space below, write out this prayer to Him.