Yesterday marked a turning point for me. I began a course on instruction methods for writing a book. I have been encouraged for several years to take on such an endeavor. Excuses have abounded; however one common theme underlined them all-fear. It is not the right timing-fear. I am too busy-fear. I do not know what to do-fear. It is too lofty of a financial investment-fear. What if no one reads it?-fear. None of these reasons were valid, logical, or even creative. The Apostle Paul admonished his protege Timothy long ago to understand that fear was not of God, but a weapon used by Satan in the spiritual realm. In 2 Timothy 1:6, 7 it reads, “Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” Fear is a liar and has kept me from forging ahead into acting on the call I heard long ago. Fear was afraid I would do something positive. Fear fought valiantly to keep me quiet. Fear kept me STUCK IN THE START because that was where I was most impotent. Can you relate?
Some of us are born risk takers and some are security seekers. I definitely have lived a life gravitating towards the latter. Both have their merits and their downfalls. Risk takers rarely take no for an answer, are consummate positivity thinkers, and often times get the grandest return in an investment. Yet risk takers can take the deepest hits as well. Security seekers thrive on the steady, predictable, sure bet. They do not like losing and their decisions oftentimes reflect a modest reward. However; predictability can cheat us out of an intended prosperity. Leaning too far either way can prove to be detrimental.
Reading Ecclesiastes chapter eleven, wise King Solomon addresses the very issue of being too cautious which keeps us STUCK IN THE START. We see the fear excuses in verse four in the NKJV which says, “He who observes the wind will not sow, And he who regards the clouds will not reap.” My commentary Bible puts it like this, “The person who is so cautious that he must wait for the ideal time before he makes a move is doomed to fail.” Same excuses, different circumstances. Whether it is farming or writing, the principle remains. Until you get out there and begin the work you have been called to do, nothing is accomplished. There is no harvest and there is no book. Verse six encourages us to get to the task. It reads, “In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening do not withhold your hand; For you do not know which will prosper, either this or that, or whether both alike will be good.” Get going and do not stop.
Are you accomplishing the dreams that God placed inside of you or are you crippled in fear? Have you analyzed scenarios so often that paralysis has set in? Have excuses become so comfortable that the mundane is the norm? The Cambridge Dictionary defines stuck as unable to move from a particular position or place, or unable to change a situation. Thank God that with Him, there is no unable. God is able. And He is willing to provide the momentum to keep you moving forward. Make a decision to get unstuck and take hold of your destiny. Join me in refusing to be STUCK IN THE START. Let us do life as we were meant to do.