When we’re little kids we have this sort of fearlessness and boldness to us, yet as we grow up and go through heartbreaks, hardships and various life events, we become a little more cautious, a little more weary causing us to talk ourselves out of doing BIG things with our lives. The things that we were meant to do. The things that scare us so much that we rarely take the risk because we like the security and comfort on this side of the fence. And we continue on with our ordinary lives, always wishing and dreaming (and sometimes becoming jealous) as we see others going towards their own personal callings.
However, that’s not why God created us. He doesn’t want us to play it safe and stand in the shadows of our own dreams and aspirations. We are His children and He wants us to have a child-like boldness as we move in faith towards our purpose. So, this week we encourage you to break those chains of “I can’t” or “I’m not worthy” and take a leap of faith trusting that God will guide you to where you need to be – to have faith over fear!
So what is faith exactly? In Hebrews, it says “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1). That’s some powerful stuff right there! It’s essentially saying that there isn’t any room for fear because faith is much bigger!
To be honest, this is something that we both struggle with because some days we feel like we’re carrying a huge burden on our own shoulders and can’t seem to get a grasp on our mind and emotions. We all have those days and that’s OK, but just as fast as those words come into your head, you have to replace them with God’s promise. A verse that sticks out to us whenever we’re feeling down is “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged” (Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV). It’s comforting to know that God is not only with us, but He has already gone before us so that all we need to do is trust in Him. In a way, it’s like when we were children and we’d wake up from a nightmare and run into our parents room. Our parents would have to comfort us by walking into the room before us just to check for monsters under the bed or in the closet and once they looked, we’d hop back into bed and fall back asleep.
We like the last bit of that verse -“Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” A lot of the times, we discourage ourselves because we’re afraid of what others might think, especially if we fail. But there’s something very humbling in failure. Don’t get us wrong – we’re embarrassed and upset at first, but after the dust settles and God leads us down a different path, we realize that it was all in His master plan. You see, the world tells us that we need to do everything by ourselves in order to be successful, but God tells us that He is the way and the light. We don’t have to carry that huge weight on our shoulders and be filled with anxious thoughts of worry and self-doubt when we have Him on our side. The humbling lesson in failure is that God’s got this.
So, today and for the rest of the week, we want to discuss our dreams with you and help motivate each other to get past our fears of failure! We all of that little voice inside of our heads that’s makes us doubt going for our dreams and using our specific gifts and talents, but God is bigger than that stupid little voice and He’s telling us that we are worthy of living an adventurous and extraordinary life filled with hope, promise, faith, and love!
Here are a few questions you can mull over with your friends and family members this week:
What is fear holding you back from?
If fear was an actual person, what would you want to tell them?
What are some of your dreams and how will you overcome your (or other’s) doubts to achieve that dream?
We want to know so sound off in the comments or send us an email! Hope you guys are having an awesome week and enjoyed this week’s Milk & Honey devotional! Talk soon!