There’s a huge list of reasons why people don’t do things. No money, strained muscle in your back, can’t take time off from work, you’re too busy. They’re things I’ve heard people say—or I’ve said myself at times—usually following a phrase like “I’d totally LOVE to do that, but…” or “Man, I wish I could do ______, but …”
One of the hardest things we’ll ever have to do is confronting ourselves with the realization that (a) we either have a really legit excuse not to pursue something, or (b) it’s complete crap.
This is something that we all deal with–all of us have our own things that we’d like to *say* that we’d do or accomplish. But for much of it, the reality is…we’re scared. And we don’t mean a healthy fear of the Lord. That’s okay—that’s needed. When we’re more impressed with Christ than we are with our problems, that’s when we fear God in the proper sense. But that same awe and reverence for the Lord should propel us forward to fight for the things that we’re actually afraid of. What those are, no one can know but you.
Maybe it’s sin that you haven’t dealt with. Maybe it’s starting a bible study with some coworkers that you know (you just know, you know?) are hungry for the Gospel. It might be starting to volunteer once a month in the nursery at church, or even looking for organizations to get involved with in the city. Maybe it’s leaving the United States to do something huge and magnificent for the Lord. Maybe it’s paying for someone’s coffee. Who knows?
For all of these things, our subconscious can create reasons why we can’t tackle them. You just can’t find a good day of the week to meet. And how would you ever manage to volunteer? We’re just all SO busy these days. But it’s easy to find solutions for those things.
A good friend of ours says this over and over: You make time for the things you care about.
Your fear, no matter its origin, is useless to the Lord unless it’s a catalyst for impact. Fear disguised as practicality is a waste of your time. Embrace the difficulty of accomplishment. Even the Lord calls us out:
“Fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
There aren’t any especially unique people in the world who have a magical ability to be bold with their endeavors. There are, however, people who choose to look at their challenges and find ways to do them, instead of talking themselves out of them.
He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” Mark 4:40
All too often, we tell ourselves that the right thing is the “responsible” thing, instead of the thing that we dream of doing for the Lord. Most people would tell you that they have dreams for the Lord—big things that they want to do in His name. No one would ever say that they’re looking for a soft or mediocre life, and yet that’s often what we end up striving for unconsciously.
Your question for the week: “Am I really being practical, or am I just scared?”