Another title for this post could be, saying yes to the scary things. Because let’s face it, God’s calling is often scary for us. What’s a scary thing in your life to say yes to? A new job? Moving? Long-term missions? Starting a blog? 😉 Taking a bold risk?
We each have different things that take a little extra push to say yes to. They are all the same in that they are scary. These are GOOD things and most of the time GOD things as well. For whatever reason though, IT SCARES US TO DEATH to say yes.
How do we fight the fear?
One approach is to just jump in with our eyes closed hoping we land safely (aka made the right decision). For someone who likes to carefully analyze each possible choice with pro and con lists and advice from loved ones, that doesn’t work. I have a feeling most of you are like this too (is over analyzing a gift or curse?). So that brings me back to the question… How do we fight the fear? How do I walk out in faith with some assurance that I’m making the right decision?
For someone like me, it’s going to take a little more boldness than we’re comfortable with. For someone who has no problem diving in head first, it will take a little more preparation (but seriously, if this is you, we need to chat because I need more boldness in my life). There’s no science or magic to this, but here is how I’ve navigated the “scary” things in my life….
1. Prayerful consideration
In my life I bathe every decision in prayer and I ask other people to pray for/with me too. What helps me is to be completely honest with God and my loved ones that this decision SCARES me. God invites us to share our hearts with Him. Psalm 66:19 says “but God has surely listened and has heard my prayer.” I truly believe that God hears our prayers and cares about the ins and outs of our lives. Ask Him to clearly show you if this is His will for you and how you can best glorify Him in this situation.
2. Seeking advice
You’ve already asked others to pray with you and for you about your decision. Now, it’s time to get their personal opinion. I would not recommend asking all of your friends and family their advice because you will truly get their full opinions! For me, too much input can be confusing, overwhelming, and not helpful. Chose a few close family members and/or friends and be honest about what God’s calling you to do as you seek their advice. Weigh the pros and cons with them and be honest about your true feelings as well. They can’t make the decision for you, but having advice rooted in His Word will guide you more than you think.
3. You just have to jump
If you’re anything like me, you’ve been sitting in steps 1 & 2 for several days, weeks, or months. Most of us have no problem prayerfully considering or asking others for advice. While all of those things are good and necessary to make a good decision, if you stay there too long, you’re purposefully prolonging the process. Eeek! I know, hard to hear. I’ve had some very real conversations with myself about prolonging that leap of faith. In those moments I know I was being disobedient to God’s calling, which is never a good place to be.
So as uncomfortable as it may be, when you know deep down this job, this move, this opportunity, this house is what you’re supposed to do, you just have to jump! Easier said than done, yes. I promise you though, you WILL feel some relief when you make the decision to GO. That’s the peace God grants you when you’re in His will. It’s exciting, thrilling, and maybe downright scary. That’s okay! You just have to jump in. All in.God only asks us to take one step at a time & have undeniable faith in Him Click To Tweet
Moving when God’s quiet
A common question that comes with seeking God’s will and making decisions is, What if He hasn’t clearly shown me this is what I need to do? I get it! I truly want to honor God in everything I do in life. Sometimes, we may feel God is oddly silent when we ask Him the next step we should take. Here’s how I would answer that, if you are seeing God open doors or He places a desire on your heart, take a step in that direction. If God isn’t calling you in that direction, He’ll stop it. I believe that sometimes we are supposed to make decisions in faith that God will make it clear along the way. There have been many times in my life that I told God this was the desire on my heart and I will keep taking steps in that direction until you shut doors. Many times those doors were shut so I clearly knew this wasn’t what God had for me at that time.
Good and Godly things can be scary. Remember though, they are first GOOD and GODLY. Saying yes might be difficult at first, but I promise if this is truly where God wants you, it will be obvious in His blessings and grace very quickly. Let’s both JUMP and say YES to God’s calling… I can assure you He is worth it!
So what about you?! Are there any decisions in your life you really struggled to say yes to, but it ended up being a HUGE blessing? I would love to hear how you said yes to your scary thing! Let’s hear it in the comments below.