“I want to learn everything I can about real estate, before I sell anything”, my friend continued, “I’m going to take every class that I can, so that I feel more comfortable when I actually start working with buyers and sellers”. I was chatting with an acquaintance at a continuing education class for real estate. Her theory was noble, but the truth is you learn the most when you put your knowledge into action. You will never be able to know everything without doing it. Sometimes, you just have to jump in.
I think this happens to us a lot. We see an opportunity or feel that God is pushing us into a certain direction and we get scared. Fear immobilizes us and we shake our heads at God and tell him we aren’t ready. We tell him we are just going to sit back and study it for longer, until we are more prepared, and then maybe do something about it. We say something like, I think that I might possibly do something about this in the next six months, maybe even next year. Then we do nothing.
I feel like this is happening to me right now. A new opportunity is in front of me and I’m scared. I feel like I’m not the best person for the job and there has to be someone better for it. At the same time, I know this is all on purpose and it is something I’m supposed to do. I’m going to do it. I’m going to push past the fear and jump forward. I’m not excited about how I will have to navigate as I go along and this means I will make mistakes. It means I will probably look stupid doing it at times, but that just is what it is.
I read Jeremiah chapter 1* this morning. In verse five, God tells Jeremiah that before he was born, he was chosen to speak to the nations. In chapter six Jeremiah responds, “I’m not a good speaker, LORD, and I’m too young.”
We do this, don’t we? I’m giving God excuses about why I can’t do the opportunity in front of me.
The LORD responded to Jeremiah in chapter 7, “Don’t say you’re too young,” the LORD answered. “If I tell you to go and speak to someone, then go! And when I tell you what to say, don’t leave out a word! I promise to be with you and keep you safe, so don’t be afraid.”
Sometimes we need to stop trying to figure everything out and just go. We don’t need to question God’s decision making or our ability. There are times when God has us wait and pray and wait and pray. Verse 7 was not one of those times. In verse 7, I imagine that God is talking to Jeremiah in a loving, but loud and stern voice, “When I TELL YOU TO GO, YOU GO!” Parents know what this is like when their children do not understand the urgency of the situation. How many times has this exact conversation happened in living rooms or kitchens between a parent and a child?
It might be time to stop with our excuses and just listen to GOD. Is he telling you to get up and go? Then you might want to get up off the couch and get started.
*Passage used was Jeremiah 1:4-8, Contemporary English Version