It always seems like a trip to the South does something inside of me. It stirs up emotions, thoughts, passions, and focus. We all need a change of scenery every now and again. As I head home from a week in Tennessee, I head home alive and awake. Ready for a new journey! Excited, passionate, and most of all prepared.
We are often called to things much greater than ourselves. Many of us never heed the call. We stay in our shells, we like status quo. We don’t want to tip the balance. We want safe, secure, and comfort. We don’t want to step out in faith. We worry about failure, embarrassment, or harm.
Yet anything worth fighting for requires growth, sometimes pain, sometimes it is uncomfortable. This is natural! This is good! Growth always comes when you challenge yourself out of your comfort zone. Jesus called Peter to get out of the boat and walk on water. Satan tempted Jesus to jump and allow the angels to save Him. How do you know when you’re jumping off a cliff versus taking a leap of faith? There is a very fine line.
There is danger in taking action assuming God will bail you out versus praying, planning, and preparing for a vision God has placed in your heart. The difference I have found is:
1) Lots of prayer and seeking His will
2) Lots of His Word: the Bible has infinite wisdom
3) Seeking wise counsel. I purposely surround myself with successful Christ centered people who can help me discern good and bad choices.
4) Planning for the best and the worst. By looking at what would happen if I went forward versus staying put, I can see the best and worst case scenarios and plan accordingly
Though this doesn’t mean you still won’t fail, it does mean you are preparing and ready to tackle that which God is calling you to do.
Do you have a dream inside? Do you have a vision you believe God is calling for you? Do you silence the voice in your head? Do you talk yourself out of moving forward? Next time why don’t you put your idea to the test. Though God doesn’t want us to test Him in the way Satan tried to get Jesus to test the Father, He does often call us out of the boat to take leaps of faith.