Welcome back to part 5 of my 9-part series reflecting on fears confronted, lessons learned, and progress made – and then taking all that new found wisdom to build a plan for success as we focus forward on the second half of 2013.
There’s a brief recap at the end of the post if you want to catch up on the first four parts.
Today, I want to address the idea of going forward – or to borrow Joyce Meyer’s phrase, “stepping out to find out” if we’re heading the right direction.
“There are times in life when you must take a step in order to find out, one way or the other, what you should do. Some doors will never open unless you move toward them.
Sometimes the only way to discover God’s will is to practice ‘stepping out and finding out.’ If you have prayed about a situation and still don’t know what you should do, take a step of faith.We can stand before an automatic door at a supermarket and look at it all day, but it won’t open until we step forward to trigger the mechanism.Trust God, take a step, and see if the door opens!”
–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right” [Day Oct. 18]
What is your take on this idea? I love the example she uses about how that automatic door will never open on its own until we step forward and trigger the mechanism. It seems moving forward in our lives, leaving the past behind us, requires much of the same action: taking a step forward to open the door to the next chapter in our lives.
Here’s the recap on the first four parts:
*On Friday, 7/5, I reflected on fears that I have faced in 2012 and earlier this year, mentioned how we often fear both the known and the unknown, and reminded us that Jesus knew what it was like to face fear and provided us with an example to follow in how to handle fear.
*On Sunday, 7/7, I discussed how our fears and worries drain our energy and prevent us from enjoying our lives.
*On Monday, 7/8, I addressed how clinging to our past fears and failures often prevent us from moving forward.