I listen to sports talk radio all day (I’m in the car a lot) and last week one of the guys said something that I had to pull over and write down before I forgot it. Thank goodness for Blackberrys.
I didn’t remember enough of it exactly to quote him but I got the gist of it.
He was referring to CEOs, corporate mucky mucks, athletes and anyone else who has achieved a high level of success:
You can either take a chance and not be afraid to fail, or you can sit idle, just get by, and live a mediocre existence. Those that succeed are the ones who step out of their comfort zones and try something new or different.
Oddly enough that is a great way to describe our walk with God. If we are just pew sitters, then there isn’t much we’ll ever accomplish. There won’t be a single person reached for the the kingdom of God if we aren’t willing to set aside our fears, step out of our comfort zone and try something new.
We have to be willing to get uncomfortable; to get wet. In Joshua Chapter 3:13-16 God says:
And as soon as the priests who carry the ark of the LORD—the Lord of all the earth—set foot in the Jordan, its waters flowing downstream will be cut off and stand up in a heap.”
So when the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the ark of the covenant went ahead of them. Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge, the water from upstream stopped flowing… (NIV)
God did not part the water until the priests were willing to step into the water. Think about. You’re the priest and God says he’ll part the water for you and your people to cross. If you are like me, you are thinking, “thank you, let me see the water start parting and then we’ll walk across.” But that isn’t how it happened. He told the priests to take a step and then the water would part. Rephrased like this: get out of your comfort zone, trust me to do something you can’t and I’ll do the rest.
When was the last time you tried something only God could do?
According to my sports radio guy, we have to stop being afraid of failure in order to succeed. We can’t let our human emotions and fear of rejection stop us from doing what God has called us to do. If He has given you an idea or vision then step out in faith and do it. What is the worse that could happen.
Let’s say you fail, so what? You tried and it didn’t work. O.k… then try something else.
What’s worse than failure? Dying without ever even giving it a try.
There is obviously a difference in trying something you feel God is calling you to do and just being foolish. Weigh it against two things: The Word of God and someone you trust. If both line up and you are just scared it might not work then get up off of your butt and do it. The kingdom of God needs you. Those who are lost and going to hell everyday need you. Those believers who are losing their faith each and every day need you.
Please, take the talents, gifts and visions all of you have been given and start walking them out. Develop your talent. Discover and utilize your gift. Write your vision so that the people may run with it.
What if Martin Luther had been too scared…
What if Moses had been too scared…
What would you do if you weren’t scared it would fail?