He stood at the edge and peered down; beaded droplets glided down the side of his face, and landed on his sweat-drenched shirt.
I could feel his adrenaline racing, and I knew his heart was pumping…thump-thump, thump-thump, thump-thump.
He glanced over at me, then took a couple steps back. One step forward. Two steps back. One step forward. Two steps back. Again, he glanced over at me with discouragement showing in his dark brown eyes.
Succumbing to his frustration, he spun around and kicked the wall behind him.
Back to the edge he went, wrestling between the fear of the unknown and his desire to experience it.
As he glanced over the top of that intimidating ramp, I’m sure his thoughts went something like this:
“What am I doing here?”
“I’m not as good as these other kids?”
“What if I embarrass myself in front of everyone?”
“What if I get hurt?”
His chest expanded as he sucked in the air around him.
“Don’t think about it,” I shouted “just go for it!”
His chest retracted as he exhaled and with sheer courage, he hopped on his scooter, leaned in, and over the edge he went–zooming down to the bottom and then up the other side. He soared into the air before disappearing into an enormous pit of foam blocks.
A few seconds later, his little head popped up with a huge smile and two thumbs up; “I want to do it again!” he shouted. My heart welled up with joy.
This was more than just Matthew conquering a big intimidating ramp on his scoot’. There was a transformation taking place. Just the other day he was playing it safe, riding kid-friendly ramps and tiny hills. Intimidated by the older, more experienced kids, he didn’t dare go near the big-kid ramps and if he did, it was just to peer over the edge…but not this time. This time he wanted to experience it for himself. This time he wanted to be in the game, not simply a spectator and he was rewarded for his courage with a moment of pure joy.
How many times have you stood at the edge of God’s calling and thought:
“What am I doing here?”
“Who am I? I’m not qualified for this?”
“What if I get rejected?”
“What if I’m found out?”
What do you do when you are paralyzed at the ledge of God’s calling? When your courage fails and the clamoring of your fear drowns out the whispers of the Lord?
Start by understanding FEAR is a LIE.
Curated and crafted by the father of lies; fear deceives and discourages us from taking those steps of faith and experiencing the Lord’s joy.
The enemy plants seeds of doubt and questions our worthiness with statements like:
“Who are you to write that book, to speak in front of others, to open your own business, to _________?”
“What makes you good enough or qualified or capable?”
“Who do you think you are anyways?”
In this moment, there lies a choice: will we feed our fear or feed our faith? When the doubts arise as to who we are, we should immediately remember we are His – the King of Kings, the Lord of the Lords and the Savior of our soul. God’s word is filled with verses that define our identity about who we are in Christ:
1 Peter 1:23 says, “I am a child of God.”
Romans 8:37 says, “I am more than a conqueror.”
Colossians 3:12 says, “I am greatly loved.”
And Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ.”
Great power lies within our identity in Christ, therefore, I encourage you to feed your faith by identifying the lies causing fear, and replacing them with truth from God’s word.
Embed God’s truth deep in your heart.
Let the whispers of Jesus become louder than the shouts of the enemy. (tweet this)
Confidently step off the ledge and step out in faith, and experience the adventure God has in store for you.
Practical Application: I wanted to share a nugget of wisdom I recently received from a godly woman, the next time fear sprouts up, take out a piece of paper and draw a line down the middle. On one side write “Truth” and on the other write “Lies”. List all of the lies the enemy is sowing and then find scripture that contradicts it. Let the Word of God feed your faith and free you from your fear.
Now, I challenge you to share one lie and one truth in the comments below.