Sometimes taking that first step of faith is hard to do…
I’m new around here. I’m still learning the ropes and trying to figure things out. It will come quickly, but accepting this position was definitely a step of faith for me. Why? I still don’t know quite yet what I’m doing and that’s nerve-wracking to me. As I sat here trying to figure what to write, I panicked a little.
I was (and still am) excited to be working on this site but after taking that first step I got scared. In the long run, I’m not sure where this is going to take me and what doors this will open or what God’s plan is in all this. I became worried what I was going to do. I didn’t know what I was going to post about and I started to worry about the quality of the post. Never before have I worried so much over the quality of a post but I suddenly felt pressure, more people would be seeing my posts. But after relaxing a moment I felt a tugging at my heart and this thought came to mind. “Stop comparing yourself, you’ve taken this step and I will help you. You just need to believe.”
That’s when I thought about it for a moment. All I needed to do was relax. Pretend I was writing for one of my other blogs. Just for a while I needed to not worry about how many people would see it, so that’s what I did. To be honest, I didn’t know what I was going to write about but I just turned on my music and started writing.
No matter what it is, big or small, taking that first step of faith can be scary. The fear of the unknown haunts you, you suddenly feel overwhelmed and anxious or maybe you wonder if you made the right choice. Even comparison starts to come in and you think, ‘Oh, I’m not as good as this person, maybe I shouldn’t do this after all.’ but here is the thing. If you weren’t supposed to do whatever it is or go wherever you were supposed to go, you wouldn’t have been lead to do it. All that fear is simply the devil trying to convince us that putting our faith in Christ, no matter what the circumstance, is a very bad thing.
That’s when I was reminded of this verse that I think really fits with what you should do after (or even before) taking that very first step of faith when fear and anxiety start to overwhelm you.
Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Has there ever been a time in your life where you had to take a step of faith? What was it? What happened? How did you feel when you first took that step? How do you feel now after taking it?