What “risky” venture is exciting your senses or calling to you? Remember, it’s not considered a risk when you are stepping out on faith. It is a risk when you are making fear-based decisions. Faith is a much more powerful motivator than fear. What would you do if you knew you could not fail? What dream is whispering to you now to not give up?
About a year ago, my sister called me to ask my advice on a life changing decision she had to make within 24 hours. Her job of over 25 years had given her an ultimatum, move across the country to keep her job or be unemployed. Together we weighed the pros and cons. Of course it was a difficult decision to make in light of the current economy. I thought she had decided to make the move. My final words to her were to just make sure that her decision was faith-based instead of fear-based. Those words must have resonated with her, because the next day she informed me that she was “stepping out on faith,” and remaining in her own home, familiar surroundings, and using the year of severance pay to finish her Masters Degree.
Take the Leap of Faith In Spite of Your Fears
Fear abounds everywhere so it may be harder to find people willing to encourage or support you to take “a leap of faith.” Everywhere people are telling you to take it easy. Don’t rock the boat. But what if the boat is crowded, going no where, going in the wrong direction, or slowly sinking? Do you just hold on until it sinks or start swimming now?
You May Have to Take Your Faith Walk Alone
2009 was an extremely challenging year for me. I had tremendous pressures on me and at times could not see a way out, so I just prayed harder and held on. I got by, so to speak, “on a wing and a prayer,” and “with a little help from my friends.” I had to make some serious changes, set some new goals, and go into uncharted waters. At times I couldn’t get encouragement from my most trusted friends. The economic times made them think about survival instead of thriving. So I had to go within, and purely on faith, take my faith walk alone. Jumping from the boat was scary and perhaps even risky, but I knew I had to be true to myself. That meant continuing to hold on to my dreams and not giving up.
Barbara Talley is a speaker, author, and poet who speaks on the themes of vision, values, and virtues. Her life mission is to help others live a more meaningful life. For more info or to book Barbara to motivate your audience, check out her website. www.thepoetspeaks.com