I opened Facebook this morning and the first thing I came across was a post from Proverbs 31 Ministries.
It was titled “What are you hesitating to say “yes” to because you don’t feel qualified?”
Alright God… I get it. Thank you for setting me straight this morning.
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Doubting your abilities.
You see, just last night I was sitting on the couch looking at different blogs and thinking… I don’t think I am qualified for this.
All these blogs with top notch photography… I don’t think I am qualified for this.
All these blogs with amazing logos and graphics… I don’t think I am qualified for this.
All these blogs with authentic, candid and inspirational packed posts… I don’t think I am qualified for this.
All these blogs with ALL these followers and readers… I don’t think I am qualified for this.
I just LOVE what Whitney said. Remember when you started a new job?
You woke up early. Probably tried on every outfit in your closest because you wanted to make sure you made a great first impression. You get in your car, headed to work, all full of nerves. On your drive you run all these scenarios through your head… good and bad. You finally pull into the parking lot, park, go inside and your first day starts.
First days, are normally full of introductions, policies and procedures, training, and shadowing other employees. At the end of the day you may go home and say, “I don’t think I am qualified for this.” What did you do? Did you quit? Or did you show back up the next day? I am going to take a wild guess and say you went back the next day, and the next. Soon, you weren’t the new kid on the block anymore and all those “I am not qualified” fears were washed away.
Just like when you started your new job and they had to equip you with some of the know how to do your job effectively. God does the same thing when he opens a new door for you. He opens a door knowing you are the one he wants there, and he equips you with the tools you need. Have you ever read the book All the Place to Go by John Ortberg? He explains in the book that God opens these doors for us to act. God rarely tells anyway to “stay” but to “go”.
What happens if you say “yes” vs “no” in your state of hesitation. Let’s start with the no’s.
1. That opportunity may not come around again.
2. Missing out on an incredible adventure.
3. Missing out on a growth opportunity.
4. Missing out on a blessing in disguise.
5. Always, second guessing yourself and whether you made the right decision.
Now, what happens if you say “yes”?
1. You get a chance to do something you always dreamed of doing.
2. You are building your faith in God.
3. You have a chance to be blessed and pass those blessings on to others.
4. You can build your portfolio or resume.
5. The opportunity to go on an adventure of a lifetime.
Turning hesitation into certainty.
But what if… I am not ready… I fail… this isn’t the door I am supposed to go through… “it” isn’t perfect… etc. When you are hesitant to say “yes” I am sure it is because you have all these “what ifs” floating around in your head. The thing is though, God is ready. He has a plan, and he doesn’t expect perfection from you or me. Stop doubting God and stop doubting yourself.
How do you do this?
Turn to the Lord! Pray and speak life into your thoughts with affirmations.
Verses to focus on:
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. – Joshua 1:9
“For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. – Proverbs 3:5-6
Blessed is she who has believed that what the LORD has said to her will be accomplished. – Luke 1:45
Affirmations to say daily:
I free myself from destructive fears and doubts.
I am confident. I trust myself.
I make history by being who God created mFe to be.
I walk into open doors with confidence and dedication.
I am qualified for this.
(You can find more about why I LOVE affirmations HERE.)
These are things I am going to be repeating over and over to myself as I create this blog. I know God has placed this desire in my heart for a reason. There is a door opened and I am trusting he will equip me with the tools I need. So, I may not know a whole lot about this blogging thing yet, but I am OK with that. This is an opportunity for growth and an opportunity to have complete faith in the Lord.