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 ESV
As a family we are committed to recycling (yes we want to help save the planet). Since we don't pay to recycle (a whole other issue that I have a problem with), we have to take our items to a central location at the high school to drop them off at the collection site. I usually will take one of my sons with me to assist in unloading the items. One particular day I took Trey, who is my oldest son, with me. After dropping off the items, I looked at him as we got back into the car and thought about how he is now a freshman in high school and an idea popped into my head. I moved the seat up on the driver's side, got out of the vehicle, and instructed him to get behind the wheel. He first looked at me in astonishment and then proceeded to get behind the wheel and drive in the parking lot (those blog readers that reside in Northern Kentucky, watch out!).
My brothers, why do we sometimes exhibit fear when presented with an opportunity and as a result, decide not to pursue it? Reflect back with me if you will, to the time when you were a teenager. Do you remember your mindset? Chances are you aggressively attacked any opportunities that were aligned with your talents and abilities. What happened to that person? As you grew older, you began to adopt the cautious mindset that is prevalent with a majority of people, myself included. What is the solution to this dilemma? Let's go back to that day with Trey when he drove the vehicle in the parking lot for the answer. First of all, Trey trusted that I would not place him in a situation that would cause him harm. Furthermore, he also looked to me for guidance as he was driving. In this same manner, we should trust that our Heavenly Father will not place us in an untenable situation and will provide us guidance along the way. Secondly, Trey had some experience with driving as result of sitting in my lap in addition to guiding the vehicle when I gave him control of the steering wheel while I drove. Likewise, there is a high degree of probability that you will have some prior experience that you can draw on when engaging the opportunity that presents itself. Doing this will ensure a greater chance of success.
So what is holding you back from attacking that opportunity that's in front of you? The process that Trey implemented to successfully drive around the high school parking lot is available to each and every one of us. The first step needed in beginning to let go of the fear that's holding us back from accomplishing great things is to adopt the mindset that my teen aged son currently possesses (and I pray that he never loses it) and just go for it. My challenge to every one reading this is to identify one thing that you would love to do and know deep down in your heart you have the ability and talent needed and resolve to begin the process of simply doing it!
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.