By Emily Goss
“I don’t usually do that.” I was standing about 5 feet away when I heard my son’s quivering voice in the dugout. I knew something was wrong. As I made my way closer to the chain-linked fence, I could hear the strain in his voice and see the tears in his eyes.
You see, a kind volunteer dad from our little league team was trying to persuade him to put on the catchers gear. The poor man had no idea of my son’s hang ups when it comes to trying new things and/or switching up his routine. He was innocently trying to allow Gavin a turn at trying a new position.
My son’s reaction was surprising to him; but not to me. There was a time in our lives that I had to introduce a reward system to help my son in overcoming his aversion to trying new things, and while we’ve seen much improvement, I still hear the occasional: “I don’t usually do that.”
I started thinking that warm Spring evening at the ball-park, how often this is my reaction to God. God is calling me to step out of my comfort zone, and I shrink back in fear because of my inexperience or lack of confidence. Ever been here?
You feel the tugging of the Spirit telling you to approach a neighbor or a mom at the playground, and you think: God, I don’t usually do that.
Or maybe it is something a bit bigger than that. Maybe you feel God calling you to make a career change or step out in faith in the area of your finances, and your first reaction is “I’m not sure, God, that seems a little out of character for me.”
A verse that continues to come to mind for me is 1 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”
I truly believe, at least for me, that my unwillingness to step out of my comfort zone is because of fear. A fear of how I might look, or what people might say. A fear of failure or even of success.
The problem with seeking our own comfort due to fear is that the Bible is clear on this topic: God hasn’t given us a spirit of fear. A spirit of fear is from the enemy. He comes to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). God gives us a Spirit of power, love, and self-discipline and he desires for us to have life, and have it to the full.
Friends, let’s live in this truth. Let’s step out in faith knowing that it is his power that strengthens us. Let’s commit to loving others at a higher level. Even if it means “putting ourselves out there” and maybe getting hurt. Let’s set the example of self-discipline and pursue what we think is right despite the temptation to abandon it.
Word of the Day
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 1 Timothy 1:7
Lord Jesus, you have not given us a spirit of fear. Help change our perspective of things we “usually do” and move us out of our comfort zones. We desire to be used of you greatly. Amen.