The First Step

One of the advantages of having twins is watching them develop side by side and seeing their many differences. Their personalities affect how they learn and what they decide to try. Mia is our fearless, adventurous little (big) girl. She takes risks and has discovered more than Cor, her cautious brother. She is also walking and Cor is not. Because she isn’t afraid to fall, she took her first step, fell flat on her face and then got up to try again. She is willing to take risks even if it means getting hurt. Cor, on the other hand, is more timid. He doesn’t like to be uncomfortable and is more afraid to take the first step. He’s worried about falling and he doesn’t want to get hurt. Even though our loving arms are ready to catch him, he’s not willing to try it. Just yet, anyway.

Because Mia is willing to take those risks, she is able to do more. She walks freely around the house, she gets into drawers that haven’t been discovered before. She can climb up and down stairs and doesn’t need a parent to help her. Her fear of failure doesn’t seem to exist and it is amazing to see how she progresses at lightening speed.

This makes me think about my fears. What are the things I’m afraid of trying because I don’t want to fail? Maybe people will reject my idea or what I have to say. There was definitely some fear for me in starting this blog. I had a voice in my head convincing me that people didn’t have time to read another blog and others wouldn’t find what I had to say all that interesting. Eventually, I realized this voice wasn’t from God, because I felt very strongly that he wanted me to do this. Because I took the risk, I know I’ve already been able bless others with my words and I’ve been encouraged reading comments from others who experience the same things I do.

I had this idea for this post yesterday already, but didn’t have the energy to get it written down. It turns out, yesterday was “Face your Fears Day.” Who knew such a day existed? Funny how these things work themselves out. I also discovered that my mother-in-law drove on the 401 highway yesterday even though it is one of her biggest fears. I am very proud of her for accomplishing something she is afraid of.  On “Face your Fears Day” no less.

I encourage you to reflect on a fear you have. What is nagging you to go out and do? Which fears are holding you back? I can assure you, like our little daughter, stepping out in faith (and fear), allows you to try new things and explore new places.   It can even bring peace.  It also forces us to trust God when we know we can’t do it on our own strength. He wants us to stop relying on our own abilities and skills so he can take us to new heights.  Higher than we ever imagined.

Who knows what you will find at the top?

Isaiah 40:31                                                                                                                            Mia climbing

but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 41:10
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

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