What’s your God-sized dream?
At a conference years ago the speaker asked us, “What’s the one dream that makes your stomach churn and your knees shake? What’s that dream that appears to be so big, it’s larger than life?” It scared me to even allow the dream to play in full-color in my mind. It was beyond what I thought I could ever do. It scared me more than I care to share here.
The speaker then said, “This dream–the scariest one–is given to you by God, Himself. And, with His help, that dream will become a reality.” Her words made complete sense to me.
If it wasn’t God-sized, it wouldn’t be scary.
If it was a dream that was easy to achieve, that didn’t require God’s assistance, it wouldn’t be scary at all. It wouldn’t take much effort, and it wouldn’t feel like much of an accomplishment when achieved. But, if it’s a dream from God, it’s big and it can be scary.
That was the first time I heard the phrase, “do it afraid.”
Afraid. It’s probably not a word most of us delight in. I would venture to guess most of us despise it. There’s no doubt, we’ve all felt it. We’d do about anything to escape it.
afraid :: feeling fear; filled with apprehension
Whether it’s in seeing a scary movie, or facing the unknown, or walking through a difficult experience, feeling afraid is real. But, the reality is, it doesn’t have to paralyze us. Oh, it wants to, but we don’t have to let it.
I believe the enemy of our souls wants us to walk around filled with fear. Because when we are–when we are afraid–we aren’t much of a threat. We shrink back in fear, we stay where it’s comfortable, we find ways to justify not pursuing our God-sized dreams. And when we do, we and the rest of the world miss out on the dream within us that’s meant to become a reality.
This is when “do it afraid” becomes our mantra.
It’s no wonder I connected with Keri Lynn’s story in chapter 10 of You’re Made For A God-sized Dream, by Holley Gerth. Chapter 10 contains stories of real-life God-sized dreamers like you and me. In reading them, you’ll probably connect with one or two also.
I too, like Keri, find that God prompts me to keep on dreaming and to pursue that dream He’s given me. You know, that scary one. And yes, I’d have to agree with her, the dreams just get bigger and scarier. Scarier, not to stop us, but to face the fear and grow through it. Interestingly, the fear won’t leave until we do.
How do we “do it afraid?”
Focus on truth.
There’s power in the truth of God’s Word. Here are a few I cling to when I’m afraid:
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. Psalm 56:3 (ESV)
Do not be afraid—I am with you! I am your God—let nothing terrify you! I will make you strong and help you; I will protect you and save you. Isaiah 41:10 (GNT)
When I needed the Lord, I looked for Him; I called out to Him, and He heard me and responded. He came and rescued me from everything that made me so afraid. Psalm 34:4 (VOICE)
Step out in faith.
When we believe the truth above and trust God is bigger than our fear, taking one step forward in faith causes the fear to shrink. Sure, it may be uncomfortable, but the more we step out, the less uncomfortable it becomes.
Keep moving forward.
As God guides us, we continue to move forward, listening for His whisper, focusing on truth, and taking one step at a time. Soon our God-sized dream will be in reach!
All because you and I “did it afraid.”
In what ways are you “doing it afraid?” How can you encourage another to keep moving forward in his/her God-sized dream? How can you encourage yourself?
That God-sided dream–that scary one–is within your reach as you and God partner together. Keep “doing it afraid.” I’m cheering you on!
Shared by: Julie Lefebure