We all have fears. Some are truly deserved.
Driving a car and hitting a patch of ice can immediately bring up the fear of crashing.
Walking in the woods and stumbling across the path of a wild animal can get our hearts pumping faster as we fear what might happen.
These are situations that fear is normal and appropriate.
There are fears that are unreasonable. Unreasonable fears are holding us back from becoming the person we are to be. And the world needs us to be the person that God designed us to be.Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. ― Martin Luther King Jr. Click To Tweet
Our Future Is Unclear
Yoda tells us that “Difficult to see, always in motion is the future.”
No one knows the future but God.
You don’t need to know the future. You need to know the whole plan for your life.
As Martin Luther King Jr. tells us, “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
We should seek counsel from others when needed, we also need to “take the first step in faith.”
That first step is often believing in yourself.
Doing Things Outside Your Comfort Zone
If you ask my friends, they will tell you that I am not handy.
I call them in to help on projects and I am there to do the manual labor. My two best friends even refer to me as “Manual” instead of Manuel.
I am uncomfortable doing things around my house that requires skills that previous generations “just knew”.
I can change a light bulb but wouldn’t dare attempt to change an outlet unless Dan or James was there to supervise. I know that electricity can kill you quick. My healthy respect for electricity keeps me from doing electrical work.
When it comes to plumbing, it takes a while to drown, so I am a bit more adventurous with it. I’ve replaced the innards of toilets and replaced a drain and elbow on a sink before.
This week, I faced a bigger fear. Fixing the shower diverter.
I know it doesn’t sound scary to some, but pulling off the knob and figuring out the parts I’d need and then going to Home Depot to get the parts had kept me from doing this for more than TWO years.
With each passing week, more water literally went down the drain instead of going up through the shower head.
When my wife said we were going to go through the house this weekend and write down all the little projects and fixes that needed to be done, starting first with the shower diverter, I was scared.
Like I mentioned, doing things around the house like that is outside of my comfort zone.
Give me manual labor to do and I will gladly do it.
Fly me to Mississippi and have me drive a rental truck back to Maryland and I will do it.
Ask me to take you to or pick you up from the airport, regardless of the time, I will do it.
Have me play “Mr. Fix-It” and I can feel my stomach start to flip.
What about you? What is something that gets your stomach start to flip?
Taking The First Step, The Second Step, and more
My first step this week was to look on YouTube to figure out how to fix the shower diverter.
After watching the video, I was confident that I could do it so I took the second step.
The next step was to go buy the parts if needed. So I unscrewed the diverter and brought it with me to Home Depot and found one that looked just like it. I asked the Home Depot employee for a second opinion and after flipping through a guide that was a few feet from me (which I never saw), Joe let me know that I had the right part.
I came home and within five minutes I had “fixed” my shower.
What about you?
Do you have something that needs to be done but you fear to do it?
Ask yourself, is this “thing” life-threatening or just outside my comfort zone?
What’s one step you can take today after you’ve identified that one thing that needs to be done that is outside your comfort zone?
Don’t let fear keep you from doing it.
If knowledge is needed, there are plenty of videos on YouTube that can help explain how to do something.
What if YOU have knowledge that can help people? Will you get out of your comfort zone and share your wisdom and story?
Just take the first step.Some people make more progress in one day than others do in weeks and months because of one simple reason…they face their fears. Click To Tweet