It takes courage to be yourself in a world where everyone tries to copy each other. It takes courage to push your comfort zone, but something amazing happens when take the risk to do this. When you do this, you build momentum and it starts getting easier. You start to get joy from it.
But there will be struggle, too. You have to practice your ability to withstand adversity if you want to fulfill your life purpose. Tough times will come. People will talk about you. What will you do then? Will you lie down in despair or will you get up and try again? A wrestler takes many hits, but it’s when he stays down that he loses. The Bible talks about an evil man falling and staying down, but a righteous man who falls seven times gets up again (Proverbs 24:16). Let that be you.
When you have a dream, and you determine to go after it, you will meet resistance. Some resistance may come from the outside, from people who want you to stay in a box. It’s like a bucket full of crabs. They’re all moving the best they can in their crowded conditions. One of them becomes adventurous and starts crawling up the side. He’s headed for a better life. But the other crabs have something in their nature that makes them reach up and pull him back down.
There may be people who oppose your dream, because they want to keep things the way they’ve always been, or because of jealousy, fear, or their own insecurities. Be strong in who God made you, trusting Him for the hopes and dreams He’s given you.
Trust God more than you fear what others think of you.
But often the most dangerous resistance comes from inside of you. It’s a natural fear we all have that is full of insecurities and doubt. Stepping out of what’s comfortable can be scary. The insecurities inside of us make us feel intimidated in taking the first step toward what God has calls us to do and be in Him. It’s easy to see nothing but obstacles as failure ahead of us. When we dwell on these, it makes it easy to stay crippled in our fear.
You become courageous when you push ahead and take action even though you are afraid. Often your worst fears are not realized. Even when fears materialize, you find you’re able to handle it better than you thought you could. It takes courage to step out of our comfort zones and do new things that we’re not good at yet.
The only option besides courage is fear. God’s word says “perfect love casts out all fear” (1 John 4:18). When you face fear now, it will save you from someday looking back at your life with a heavy load of regret. So go ahead. Dream your dreams and live out your purpose. Ask God for wisdom and walk forward, even if you’re afraid. You’ll be fulfilled in the end.
Life is like a lavishly set table just out of reach. Many people find crumbs on the floor and try to make believe that’s what they wanted. Some people take the risk and crawl up on the table and find true fulfillment. Be one of those who are willing to work hard to receive God’s best.
“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life.” Psalm 23:5-6a (NIV).