"Begin the…tasks I have assigned to you." Mt 25:21 TLB
I read a devotional recently that really spoke to me about where I am or where I have been with my career/entrepreneurship dreams. See, I am one that is blessed with many good ideas, but I have sometimes let them slip away because I have become overwhelmed with the question, "what if it doesn't work?" I would think of all the reasons why it could fail, why I am not the one that should be doing it, what I lack to get it done or I would just stay in the planning phase until finally I was convinced that too much time had passed.
I found later that I was really procrastinating out of fear of failure.
The devotional, titled: Trust God and Step Out in Faith, reminded me that I must be careful. When I have a dream that I believe God has given me I cannot give into my own fears of past or future failure. In order to bear fruit that will bless others I have to put my trust in my creator to help it come to pass by doing my part.
Because really, it's not about me.
I have included the devotional below and I hope it blesses and encourages you as it did me. I hope that it inspires you to step out and do the thing that you never thought you could. I pray that you apply for the position, take steps to start the business or fill out the application for college. Whatever it is, God is with you and because of that you can do it.
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(From The Word For You Today Devotional, dated 08/18/2018)
Nicole Unice, director of women's ministries for Hope Church, says: "There are ideas I know would be beneficial, yet I hesitate to share too much or dream too big. What if they don't work? Or people don't like them? What if the people above me second-guess hiring me? One day I scrawled on my office wall: So, what if it fails? Question: What are you yearning to try and haven't because you're afraid you'll fail. What programs do you keep alive even though they aren't serving their purpose? What technology are you avoiding? What learning are you circumventing because you feel old and rusty? If you don't have anything on the horizon that might fail, you're failing as a leader. Unless you push for innovation and creativity you'll keep attracting the same people. When you 'Begin the …. tasks [God] assigned to you' you'll have to push boundaries and try things that might fail. "John Mason writes: "Don't be afraid to fail…if you're not failing you're not growing. When successful people stop growing and learning, it's because they become less willing to risk failure. Failure is delay, not defeat. A temporary detour, not a dead-end street. We all make mistakes—especially those who do things. As Paul says, "God…gives us the victory through…Christ' (1 Co 15:57 NKJV), and failure is often the first step toward success. Unless you're willing take a risk, you won't get the chance to succeed." Today trust God and step out in faith!