Welcome, Homeschool Entrepreneur moms! We former procrastinators are glad to have you. Your joint missions are big!
As I launch into the new theme for 2018 – “Go there!” – I wonder, what most often makes me delay taking the next step? Or the first step? It’s fear.
An online dictionary says to fear is “to be afraid of someone or something as likely to be dangerous, painful, or threatening.”
That can lead to worry which is “to allow one’s mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles, a state of anxiety or uncertainty over actual or potential problems.”
What do we fear? Making a mistake? Succeeding? Looking foolish in the eyes of others? Losing money, time, or friends? There are many manifestations of fear. What scares me may not faze you. You may love a zip line but I’d be petrified. In my book that’s just dangerous, painful, and threatening. (But I’m glad you like it.)
“You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3.
That knocks out fear and worry. It is through our imaginations that those two often creep in and take over. We allow it. But the mind that trusts God leans on Him, remains fixed on Him. He keeps that mind in peace.
Is this peaceful person a non-doer? No, her heart/mind are fixed on Him. With that inner focus and position of strength, she moves forward. Such a woman can research, get advice, count the cost, make decisions, and move as God directs.
We can determine to trust the Lord whatever His guidance. Go to the Word about the issue. Seek godly counsel including husband or parents. Define the actual fear and submit it to Him. Discern whether or not the next step is of the Lord. If it is of Him, move out.
Several people come to my mind when I think of doing a new thing – even if it is just new for me. I’m grateful to those who have been brave enough to do something out of the ordinary. I want to be brave enough to do something out of the ordinary for me.
Robert Fulton was instrumental in making steamboat travel common. Those who thought him silly called his boat “Fulton’s Folly.” Joseph Lister required surgeons to wash their hands and wear clean gloves. His sterile surgeries and treatments led to saving millions of lives. Initially, he was mocked. It took Thomas Edison over a thousand attempts to get an incandescent filament to burn long term. A young Winston Churchill stood to address the House of Commons and froze for nearly three minutes. He became a great orator. Remember Gideon, Moses, Peter.
“You don’t stub your toe standing still. Of course, you don’t go anywhere either.” Will Rogers.
Let’s just plan on stubbing our toes and get out there and go!
What fear makes you nervous about taking the next step? Or the first step?