Do one thing a day that scares you.
I see it in artsy, scripty fonts all over Pinterest. I see it plastered on the side of LuluLemon bags. I’d bet $10 I could find a self-help book titled just that. But doing things outside of our comfort zone is scary. Even if we are the only ones pushing ourselves. I try to live like that. Being challenged with daunting, nerve-wracking tasks, as often as possible.
A few challenges are highlighted in my life. Speaking to 150 photographers at ImageQuest conference was a big deal for me. It was the largest group I had ever spoken to–a middle school public speaking contest doesn’t count–and it intimidated the heck out of me. Running a half marathon scared me. The start line was the worst! So were the days leading up to the race. But I loved finishing. Teaching a photograph workshop in June 2011was nerve-wracking. Standing in front of 20 photographers who had paid a lot of money to hear a 20-year-old teach them about business? Yeah. That was scary.
One of the many things I love about having a relationship with Jesus is my fears aren’t faced alone. Accepting challenges and achieving goals is not about looking inside, mustering up all my courage, strength and natural ability. When opportunities come (a full wedding season, an invitation to speak somewhere, a long-distance run) they don’t come alone: I feel the knot in my stomach.
My heart knows God promised to never leave me nor forsake me. (Deut 31:8) And I have complete faith He will go with me, as He has faithfully proved over and over in past challenges. But yesterday, as I prayed about upcoming opportunities, God spoke a cool thought: Not only will I go with you, but I have also gone BEFORE you.
Psalm 139:5-6 (NLT) speaks of this crazy mystery, “You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand!” Scary things. Intimidating things. Unknown things. Fearful things. Overwhelming things.
God has gone BEFORE me. What shall I fear?