I knew I should have listened.
God placed a task on my heart that intimidated me. Living in a large city, I see homeless men and women on a daily basis struggling to get by. I don’t know how they got to where they are, but there’s a piece of me that hurts for them. One man in particular unknowingly grabs my attention on a regular basis as he sits on the same wooden bench each afternoon.
In the scorching heat of summer, I felt the Holy Spirit prompt me to bring him water. I drove to the grocery store, bought an entire case of water, and let it sit in my car for weeks.
I let fear creep into my thoughts, day after day, paralyzing me from doing what the Holy Spirit led me to do. “What if something bad happens? What if he doesn’t respond the way I hope?”
We do this too often, don’t we? Instead of walking in faith, we sit in fear. But as Christ followers, fear doesn’t deserve one more minute of our time!
Jesus is a faithful leader worth following. Fear is a liar worth unfollowing.
As believers, God graciously fills us with power, courage, and love when we rely on Him. (2 Timothy 1:7) And, thankfully, He isn’t a one-and-done kind of Father. Even when we decide to forfeit an opportunity to step out in faith, He doesn’t stop offering opportunities to continue to follow Him.
Friend, lean in. When God places someone or something on your heart, it’s because He specifically, intentionally wants to use you. No matter what fear says, you have the power within you to make it happen. When we claim the name of Jesus, we can claim a spirit of courage.
What is one area of life you can ask God to give you courage in?