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There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.1 John 4:18 ESV
I remember the night my son took his first steps. I crouched about two meters away from him, my eyes locked on his, and beckoned for him to walk toward me. With arms wide open and a huge grin across his face and he took his first wobbly steps toward me. We both giggled as he barreled into my arms. Then I put him down and walked to the other end of the room where he had started out and we did it again… and again … and again.
He fell many times but I didn’t give fear a chance to grab hold of him. Each time, I walked calmly over to him, stood him on his feet, and encouraged him to try again. By the end of the night, he was RUNNING!
But what if he had been afraid to take that first step? Or what if he had been too afraid to get back up when he fell?
Sometimes it’s difficult to take that first step towards what God is calling you to do. And even when you do, it might be quite wobbly. But you can’t stay put just because you’re afraid to fall. And when you fail (not if, because you WILL fall), you have to be brave enough to get back up.
God doesn’t get angry with you when you fall. Just like I was there each time to encourage my son to try again, He’s there to do the same for you. He’s a loving Father who always wants the best for you. He’s always cheering you on, always encouraging you to overcome your fears and take that next step, no matter how wobbly that step might be.
Don’t be afraid of messing up. God already knows your faults and factored them into His plans for your purpose. Imagine Him right there in front of you, encouraging you to take that next step like a parent. Keep your eyes on Him and trust Him.
PRAYER: Father, help me to understand that even though I may mess up sometimes your grace is sufficient for me. You know the end from the beginning and always have a plan in place so that everything works for my good. Your love for me is perfect and does not change when I fall. You are always waiting with outstretched arms to help me get up again. Help me to live every day in Your perfect love knowing that Your love for me will never ever fail.
© Deborah Ruck @ As Bold As THE Lion blog