When my daughter was about two, we went to a mule roundup. This was a completely new experience for me, being a city girl. Mini me loves horses, and a friend of ours had a mule whose stomach was six feet off the ground. The thing was huge. As we watched her, she got right on it, and rode it alone…absolutely no fear.
This morning, I was in bed with the baby, and watched him scale and crawl the mattress, attempting to get to something from my night table. I hooked one of his little ankles, which frustrated him, as he tried to get to his goal. As a mother, I just couldn’t let him fall. I let him crawl closer to the edge, with my hand still around his ankle, and he went along with a determined confidence. I let him go over the edge a little, to see when I pulled him back if his fear of falling over the edge would prevent him from going back to the end of the bed. No such luck, he did went again, faster– with no fear, tried his best and reached to get what he wanted…and did.
This had me thinking…how many times have I attempted something that seemed completely nuts or undoable by others, but completely attainable to me? It made me realize how close I have come to “the edge of the mattress”, reaching for something on life’s night table, and God has been kind enough to hold my ankles. Despite self-doubt, the fear of falling and failing, tirekickers and dreamstealers, I have still gone to the edge and tried my best. Sometimes…with no fear.I believe God puts obstacles in our way to materialize to us how bad we want what it is that we are reaching for. Sometimes, those obstacles are warning signs, and other times, they are a blatant, flat out NO. We all have to have the wisdom to know the difference. But no matter what the situation or outcome is, there is a lesson to be learned and a joy to be had. Do we fail to try or try (only) to fail?
The quote by Marianne Williamson, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure”, rings true. Is it enough to just think it or dream it? Can it be as equally fulfilling to try and miss, as it is to try and attain, than to do neither and think of what could have been?
I know that a lot of my attempts were only possible because I felt God’s presence (either subtly or powerfully) as I began. Philippians 4:13 says “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. The whole books of Proverbs and Philippians are powerful as they tell us to fear nothing, to rejoice, think positive thoughts, and acknowledge God’s goodness and presence. I realize not all of my readers share my faith– and that’s fine. 🙂 But we are all threaded in one common spool of hopes and dreams. I dare you to try. I inspire you to be fearless. DO IT. Whatever it is that is on your mind today that you have been apprehensive about it…DO IT. The spotlight has always been on, it’s just waiting for you to step into it. So show up and SHOW OFF!
What would you do, if you knew you could not fail?
Let the church say, “Amen!”
Liene at Blue Orchid Designs
Also, sometimes God keeps the hook on the ankle as we keep going towards the edge until we have grown enough to be able to go over it without falling flat on our faces. I tried to open my business about four years before I actually opened it. It didn’t work out, doors were closed and the timing just wasn’t right. When I revisited the idea four years later, the doors flung open and while I work my tail off, I have been blessed in that I haven’t had to strain for anything as I’ve reached for it. Sometimes timing is everything and just because there was a huge drop once doesn’t mean that the drop will be as steep later on. Just some more thoughts on a philosophical Sunday morning.
I…love…this…post. I’m sooo feelin’ you today…more inspiration to fuel my creative fire…thank you for this fabulous post 🙂
Terrica, I like what you said about being wise enough to hear God’s voice. I believe every day is an opportunity to succeed. Being able to hear God’s voice as you step through each day may be the difference between success and failure but it also gives you the ability to get up the next day and face all the new opportunities he has for you!
Word. Matthew 10:32. Thanks for bringing the word today. 1 Kings 19:13 says that God came to Elijah as a gentle blowing wind or a still quiet whisper. It is awesome that an all powerful God who created the heavens and the earth speaks to us in a whisper. If we are headed in the wrong direction he does not reach down and smack us… No, he whispers to us like the gentle blowing wind. Matthew 7 says that the path is narrow. It’s very easy to step off that path but we have a Great Shepherd, Jesus Christ to gently pick us up, dust us off and send us back on that narrow path. Oops… I need to get out of the pulpit. I can’t help it though… Is there anything more important in this life than our relationship with God?
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, and of self-discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7).
What that says to me is that we should not let fear stand in our way or be a hindrance (it’s not of us), rather be encouraged to pursue those things that matter to us, stand firm in our beliefs, and be faithful.
You guys are so awesome! I am so in awe and inspired with everything you guys have posted. I thank you for sharing your light with me! I appreciate it so much and it is so needed for all of us!
Hands-down your best blog post ever!!! LOVE it!!! So inspiration!!! ; )
Thanks Terrica. I need that this morning.
Melissa at MasterPiece Weddings
Love this post, you are so right! Fear stops us all from obtaining our most amazing achievnesses…(yea I just made up that word, whatcha gonna do about it!)
(although – that quote was from Nelson Mandela…)
It’s funny how God works in mysterious ways – and right on time! Thanks for posting this Terrica…it was much needed!
Wow!!! God used you today girlfriend! Thank you for being you. Your message was right on time!
Psalm 119 says, “I run in the path of your commands for you have set my heart FREE!” Our relationship with God is about FREEDOM! 🙂
All I can say is wow, !
It’s amazing how you put something out there and it touches everyone.. We all have fears and I agree in order to overcome those fears you have to push yourself to the limit.. I am so loving this post!! God knows how to speak through people, and such a way that it touches others .. Terrica you are Fabulous and you have that special gift!!
Isis of POSH Events,LLC
I love this post Terrica. Honestly, it couldn’t have come at a better time. It’s nice to be remembered to keep pushing through it all and remember that God will protect and provide. Excellent post.
saundra, event engineer
Deep thoughts by Terrica!!!
A business door suddenly closed on me two years ago without warning. It was scary and slightly humiliating; however I remembered how I asked God for that door to shut. More like a pitiful prayer, but still He answered my prayer. Now, I cannot believe my lucky stars that the door slammed….because in the end I am far better off. (this may not make sense to any of you, but it does to me).
Thank you for the post, I need a kick in the pants.
I totally agree with you. Thank you for being obedient and open to the Spirit to share that with us all.. Tish B.
What a wonderful post to end the night. Thanks for not only inspiring us all with fab parties but with your words as well.
Thanks for the blog. It has been a pleasure to read over the last 4 months. I am taking off for Uganda and Malawi to visit a school we built for 250 in Uganda. Check out http://www.myspace.com/jasonschlosser for information or visit http://www.healinguganda.com.
Monica Rae of The White Box
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” -Galatians 2:20
Sing it, girl! It’s not our life to live, but His. And HE is the God of the Universe, powerful beyond measure.
“Whom shall I fear?”
i cannot fail. the only failure is not trying, right? amen, sister terrica!
You could certainly see your enthusiasm in the work you write. The world hopes for more passionate writers like you who aren’t afraid to say how they believe. Always go after your heart.
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