“Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”2 Corinthians 6:2
You know the feeling. You’re going along, minding your own business. Then, suddenly, a door opens. It could be something totally unexpected—or an opportunity you’ve prayed about for a long time.
So you stare long and hard at that open door. You think about it, you pray about it. You talk to friends about it.
Seems like a good opportunity, you tell yourself.
Maybe it’ll lead to new heights.
Or help me reach my life goals.
But then the crippling fear of the unknown kicks in.
What if it doesn’t work out?
What if I make a fool of myself pursuing that dream?
I guess I’m safe and comfortable where I am now.
Why should I change?
And so you decide to do nothing.
You decide not to step toward the open door.
Either because you didn’t feel total peace about it, or because it wasn’t quite what you were hoping for.
Surely a better opportunity will come along, you tell yourself.
Yes, I’ve definitely been there. Many times.
Here’s what I wonder, though—
Do we err on the side of caution too much?
Do we miss amazing opportunities
because we play it too safe?
Consider Bible characters who stepped out in faith and achieved great things.
Do you think they felt 100% peace about walking through the doors God opened for them?
Think about David. Was he perfectly convinced his decision to charge toward Goliath was a wise move?
Or Nehemiah. Did he have absolute clarity that rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem was what he needed to do?
Or Christ’s disciples. Do you think they felt total peace about abandoning their fishing or tax-collecting careers to follow Jesus?
My point is this: to live the full, rich, rewarding lives God invites us to, we must take risks.
We must be bold.
We must step out in faith.
I’m not saying we should lurch willy-nilly toward whatever opportunities come our way. Please don’t throw all caution to the wind. Sometimes “no” is the best answer.
But as I look around at my circles of friends, I see a lot of people who, like me, hesitate too much. They second-guess too often. Fear of the unknown seems to be more powerful than their daily trust in our all-knowing, all-seeing God.
How many incredible opportunities have we passed up on because our timid, risk-averse selves got the better of us?
Opportunities aren’t eternal.
Doors won’t stay open forever.
Much better to be bold, courageous men and women who make the most of available opportunities—and even knock on the occasional closed door—than to always err on the side of caution and constantly wonder, “What if?”
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.Luke 11:9-10
What door has God opened to you recently?
What promising opportunity are you
debating whether or not to pursue?
Are you willing to lay aside
your worry, trust God, and pursue
what he’s set in front of you?
I’ll leave you with my all-time favorite motivational quote, from the great Teddy Roosevelt:
“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming … who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”Theodore Roosevelt