For When I Am Afraid To Fail

Recently I was talking to a friend about how there are things that I hesitate in doing because I feel inadequate. There are things that God has placed a fire inside of me for but rather than just going after it I end up talking myself out of things. I put together a list of the things I need before I can accomplish or even start on a goal. Writing was one of those things for me, I would start and stop so many times because I felt like nobody noticed or I would compare myself to others and know that I'm not as talented as they are. My friend simply stated that he believes everyone feels that way.

As I reflected on that I realized how much the devil likes to make us tell ourselves we aren't good enough. The more we are called to do something the louder that voice becomes telling us we shouldn't. God sets before us open doors, but He doesn't shove us through them, they are choices that we have to make. We have to make the effort to follow what He has placed in our hearts. It won't always be easy but in the end it will be worth it.

The choices we have to make sometimes seem scary, usually because we don't know how it will turn out. In John Ortberg's All the Places to Go he made this statement:
Open doors seem scarier than closed ones. We want to know what is going to happen, but we never know. But that is good because if we knew what we were getting into we probably wouldn't get into it in the first place.
Following a path doesn't always guarantee that you will be successful. Yes you might fail, but you will learn something that you needed to learn to help you reach your destiny. As the famous quote by Thomas Edison goes in response to the number of times he had failed, "I have not failed 10,000 times. I have just found 10,000 ways that won't work."

Each of us was born not walking and each of us fell before we took our first step. We don't tell the baby that they are a failure, we tell them to get up and try again. Every time you fail you are that much closer to finding the right way, keep going.


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