What is holding you back?
“We were made to thrive for so much more,” stated award-winning novelist James Rubart at our local writer’s conference this weekend. “What is holding you back?”
Fear. Fear of something.
Doubt ourselves. Doubt our ability. Doubt our worth. Doubt.
I know fear by its name and the presence in my own life. At age 14 a story written for my English class was given to our neighbor, who was a pastor and a published author. He noted to my mother, that I had incredible insight for someone so young and should pursue writing. I did. In high school. But as I was entering college and felt intimidated by those around me I caved in to the pressure. I gave up. I gave in to fear. I let the doubts creep in and dictate my college education.
Satan does not want anyone to live in freedom.
Where do you need to step out of the shadows?
A phone call to a neighbor?
Writing a letter to a loved one?
Reaching someone in church, or your workplace, or your neighborhood?
Taking an art class?
Pursuing your dream?
Writing your story?
We choose to flip into God’s glory.
Imagine you are at the edge of a cliff and you feel the nudge to jump into the water. You feel the need to do a flip off the cliff. You’re not sure how you will land. You’re not sure if it will look pretty. You’re not even sure you will be unharmed. But the nudge dares you to make the leap.
We choose to sit by the sidelines, or we choose to participate.We choose to flip into God’s glory.
What is your flip? Who can you influence by your flipping?
I took my dream to write and finally grabbed hold of it and threw the fear behind me. When the fear crept back in, I allowed the fear to challenge me to never give up on my dream.
The day I declared, “I am a writer,” is the day I flipped.
My children will look back and know I never gave up and I never gave in, once I decided to flip into God’s glory and step into his calling.
Live a life of risk. You cannot fail if you try.
It’s time. To step out of the shadows and through your open doors to the edge of the cliff. To jump.
A special thanks to James Rubart, who literally flipped off the cliff, continues to flip and encourages writers to take a chance and flip everyday.