I have talked with several women along the way since I began my company in 2016, and oftentimes they ask me, how did you start you get started? I think what they were asking was, "how did you face your fears with all the unknowns, all the whatif-s, and all the uncertainties that go along with starting something new?" Were't you afraid you would fail?" My answer remains the same. I didn't think about all those things. I didn't worry about the chances of failing. I just focused on God, focused on my purpose, and just didn't give up.
One of the most popular tactics the enemy uses against us is worry and fear. It can overshadow us like a thick cloud, controlling our every move and decision. There is so much going on in the world today- economic uncertainty, persecution, conflict, crime, natural disasters, division, disease etc. The list is endless as to what we could literally spend all of our time worrying about. Yet the reality is that so much of what we worry about and what we fear, never ends up happening anyway.
Whatever fear we are facing with simply starting, its not bigger than God. I believe that the opposite of fear is faith. Faith begins by us saying "I have confidence that my God is bigger than this fear or this thing I am so worried about.
If you are having fears of starting something, I would encourage you to:
1. Focus on God- His words are Life; soothing to our soul and calming our spirits. It gives us power to overcome the things we worry about! Psalm 119:103 says, "
How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!" Deuteronomy 32:47 says," They are not just idle words for you--they are your life." Reading His word will give you direction and courage to start strong and to drive out the fear.
2 Set the Lord always before you. I love Psalm 16, written by the shepherd boy, David, whom God use to show us the picture of Jesus killing Goliath. The whole psalm is great but this one in particular I love. " I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken." So why didn't David feel afraid of the giant? Because he constantly fixed his focus on something bigger than Goliath. David set the Lord always before him. Because God was at David's right hand, David would not be shaken. The giant was bigger than David, but God was bigger than the Giant.
3. Choose to focus your mind on what is truth in the midst of uncertainty. Ultimately, it comes down to, will you choose to trust God and let him lead you? When we are afraid to start something new, we can choose that God is still with us. .We may not be in control, but we can trust in the God who is. We may not know the outcome of our attempts but the God of the universe does. He is in your midst (Zephaniah 3:17).
So, I would encourage you, if God has quickened your heart to do something, go after it despite any fear or anxiety that you may have about it! God is greater. He gives us power to live courageously, boldly, and fearlessly. His whispers of truth give us the strength to stand strong no matter where we are in life. Never give up!