I recently made the scary decision to quit my day job and pursue my passion - empowering young christian women through my blog and online community.
I describe this decision as scary because it really was a big leap of faith! For a few years, I knew I wanted to pursue She is Light full time but I wasn’t sure when. I wasn’t about what other people would think, and wondered what would happen if I fell flat on my face. But when I felt the Holy Spirit’s nudging at the end of 2017, well - I had to follow. I let go of the thoughts in my mind that were holding me back and chose to trust in God and His leading.
You too can let go of fears that are holding you back and step out into your calling, trusting in God and His plan for you. I want to help you identify 4 fears that might be holding you back.
1. You’re afraid that you’ll fail
If you let fear of failure hold you back, then you’ll never step out. And if you never step out, then you’ll never know what could be! Remember that failure is a part of life. Failure isn’t ever the end of a story - it’s a learning curve. A chance to reflect, learn and do better next time. Don’t let the fear of failure hold you back!
2. You’re worried about what others will think
I get it. We’ve all been there - worried about what our parents might say or what our friends might think. Of course, I encourage you to always listen to wise advice from trusted mentors. But above all else, listen in to God and be obedient to what He is saying. Remember, you can only be obedient to God when you know what He is saying - and to know what He is saying, you need to spend time with Him!
3. You don’t know what God is saying or how to hear His voice
The good news is that hearing God’s voice isn’t reserved for pastors, preachers or teachers. God’s voice is something that all christians can hear because of their new identity in Jesus. God speaks to us in many ways - through His Word, through the Holy Spirit who is our Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor, Counselor, Strengthener, and Standby (John 14:26), through prayer, and through other believers (friends, teachers, preachers).
Do their words line up with scripture?
“The wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and sincere” (James 3:17, NIV)
4. You have no idea what your purpose is
Let’s bust a myth: Your purpose doesn’t lie solely in your job or career path.
We can look to scripture to see that our ultimate purpose as christians here on earth is to love God and love others. This is the greatest commandment that Jesus delivers in Matthew 22:36-40.
You can breathe a sigh of relief knowing there is purpose in your every-day life when you are loving God and loving others.
Loving God means taking him at His Word, trusting in Him and being obedient to Him in our daily lives. As christians, there is great purpose in every-day obedience to God across every area of our lives - in the way we conduct ourselves in our relationships, how we work and where we work, and in our every-day interactions with strangers on the street.
But here’s the thing - God has more for you.
“Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us…”
- Ephesians 3:20 (AMP)
God can do far more in and through you than you could ever imagine! Your talents, gifts and passions aren’t random. Surrender your dreams and plans to God and watch Him do more with them than you could ever imagine - so that He gets the glory and others come to know Jesus.
Grab my free purpose guide: 5 steps to finding your purpose.
I want to hear from you! Comment below and tell me what fears are holding you back from pursuing your purpose.