How many times have we put off goals and dreams that burn deep within us because we’re waiting for everything to fall in place? I’ve done it plenty of times, and each experience has left me disappointed and confused because I wasted days, months or years for enough money or education to make my dreams come alive. In the midst of waiting for the perfect time to make a move, we often see others whizz past us like the Road Runner. Bitterness begins to boil within us like hot water in a pot. Or we become panicky, wondering what went wrong because it just seems so unsafe to take a risk. I’ve often called myself a “procrastinating perfectionist,” which really translates into “I’m a lazy coward.”
As a believer, I rely on God’s word for the answers to life’s challenging questions. There might not be a specific answer in the Word to what I’m dealing with at the time, but there are principles that can be applied to any situation. I’m sure most who have opened the Bible at least twice or sat in a church has heard Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Other than John 3:16, that was one of the first scriptures I felt confident enough to recite without flipping through the pages to make sure I hadn’t goofed. Life is full of decisions and regrets, from that car we shouldn’t have purchased to that burrito we shouldn’t have wolfed down at 10 p.m.
If we use the faith that we claim to have, then it doesn’t matter if things fall into place perfectly. That’s the whole point of faith. That word doesn’t mean we’re supposed to believe until something doesn’t go our way. Faith is the reason why many of us have the careers our parents tried to talk us out of, or the children that doctors told us we would never have.
As January fades and our desires head toward the resolution graveyard, I try to focus on what I can do right now to best of my ability to reach my goals and trust that things will be fine. You wouldn’t believe how much reading a good book, taking a walk, trying a new recipe, making a new friend or sharing wisdom with a coworker can boost your confidence to take on the scarier parts of life.
Right now, one thing you might run the risk of losing is fear.