Few things drive me crazier than someone giving me an excuse as to why they cannot or did not do something. I’m sure you’ve heard it before: “I know I should, but”…, “I started to, but…”, “I would, but…”, “I was going to, but...”, I wanted to, but…”. Let me lovingly and strongly encourage you to GET OFF YOUR BUT! Living a life filled with excuses (and buts) is like a car stuck in the mud – you won’t get anywhere without some traction.
It’s understandable that fear of the unknown of what lies ahead can get in the way of making progress and may actually keep you from taking any action at all. A couple of statements that have stayed with me is you have nothing to fear, but fear itself and that fear is simply (f)alse (e)vidence (a)ppearing (r)eal. Remember how we got over our fear of the Boogey Man once we realized that he wasn’t real? That’s how we should tackle any current fears. (click here to read in its entirety).
Sometimes we are fearful for what we think will happen and that causes us to miss out on some opportunities. Here are some examples: you hesitate reaching out to someone that you’ve had a disagreement with but you don’t know how they’ll respond to your gesture, only to later find out that they wanted to reach out to you first, but they thought you would react negatively to them. Another missed opportunity may happen when you contemplate volunteering to help someone with their business or ministry, but you don’t think they’ll accept your offer of assistance and then you realize you’re a perfect fit AND they had no idea that you were willing to help them. You will never realize your full potential by sitting on the sidelines. Life is meant to be live to the fullest.
Take action now: Meditate on Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. (AMP)
Embrace this truth: Live full and die empty. In other words, don’t let your gifts and talents get buried with you at the cemetery. Use them now!