Taking the Leap
Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back– Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I am not sure if the guy who wrote this was a Christian, but it sure carries an anointing when I read it. I identify with it so much.. I have so many ideas, things I want to do, dreams that have lain dormant for years - simply because I hesitate to do them. I overthink everything. I worry about whether I CAN do it. What will people think? What if it is a total failure? And now I realise, so what?
So what if I fail? So what if people think I am crazy? As some famous person said, “the only opinion of you that you should care about, is your opinion of you.” To that I add, we should care about God’s opinion of us. And even if you only ever went to Sunday School, you would know that we are the apple of His eye! He thinks we are absolutely WONDERFUL and He loves us with an everlasting love! So if I can just get that through my head, I should be OK.
But then I have this other issue…. Is it God’s will for my life? And this is the heavy one that so often takes Christians out! It has been so drummed into us that we should only do what God has written for us, that sometimes, it completely paralyses us! Well, it does for me. I get so worried about hearing whether I should do something or not, that I do nothing. Result - days , weeks and months pass and I still have never started working on that idea I had. Life stays the same, nothing changes and I just keep asking God why.
We all know the saying, “you cannot keep doing the same thing and expect a different result”, and you know what, it is REALLY true. If you do not like your life, change! And if you really want change, do it today!
Which brings me back to the quote above - each time I read it, I feel like God is breathing down my neck saying (in that deep God voice), “So when are you going to start?’
For me it is time to get out of my comfort zone of making excuses, worrying about the fallout and explaining why things will not work and just take that leap of faith. It is a new year - it is time to start something new!