Do you ever hold back when pursuing the things you feel called to because you’re afraid you’ll stumble or fall? I sometimes do. I’ll become paralyzed by the doubts and concerns that swirl in my mind. What will happen if I fail? Will God be disappointed in me? Will my family and friends be disappointed in me? Perhaps I’m not really called to this. I don’t have strong enough faith for this.
I’m not just talking about big things, such as going overseas to be a missionary or changing careers. These fears assail us in the little things we’re called to do each day, too. Things like sharing about the Lord with a friend who is not a Christian, giving sacrificially to worthy ministries, taking time out of our busy schedules to serve our neighbors, and walking away from sins we often commit.
If you’ve ever felt this fear of stumbling or falling, then I hope you’ll take a moment to consider this picture:
My daughter was just 25 months old when she fearlessly began climbing this jungle gym at the playground. She’d never climbed it before, so she didn’t know if she would be successful. However, she was fearless.
She was fearless because she knew her daddy was behind her and that he would catch her if she fell. Just think about that for a moment.
We, too, have a daddy who stands behind us as we climb. Just as my husband will catch my daughter if she tumbles, our Heavenly Father will catch us if we fall.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
It’s so important that we understand this because the reality is that we will stumble every now and then. We’re human. Even though we have God’s forgiveness and the Holy Spirit living in us, we’re still fallible. We’ll make mistakes and fall short, but this shouldn’t hold us back.
We can boldly pursue the things we feel called to because He is there. He’ll catch us if we fall.
Do you ever struggle with fear because you may make mistakes or fail? What do you do to remind yourself that God is there to catch you if you fall?
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