Oftentimes as humans we want to stay where we are comfortable, but in reality, comfortable doesn’t really produce fruit nor does it teach us a whole lot. We know we serve a God who desires his children to learn, grow and produce such fruit, so it only makes sense that God so often calls us up and out of these comfort bubbles to try and learn something new. In my personal experience I feel like if we are unwilling to take the first step out of this safety net, the Lord will give us that extra push we need, whether we like it or not.
In complete honesty this is something God is continually working through with me, jumping out into the unfamiliar is really scary. Over the past several months God has been calling me out to use my voice to serve and worship him. The first time I had heard God calling me to do that I was like: “Yeah, no God. I don’t think that’s for me.” I do not have any real talent or experience in music of any kind, so you can see my hesitation. It was a situation for quite awhile, because I knew God was asking me to do and learn something in the musical world, but I unfortunately let fear of failure postpone any movement in that direction. However, God really wanted me to step out, so he sent that extra shove I needed.
A few months ago I was worshiping the Lord with some friends in a morning devotional. It was right after the devotion ended that God used the two people leading the worship to push me to step out. One of the leaders came over to me and asked me to join in leading worship next time. I then replied with a defiant “No! I love singing but, I am not a good singer!” Then the other worship leader chimed in in objection saying: “That is a complete lie.” Yeah, in that moment I felt a deep conviction because what God had been telling me about using my voice to serve him popped back into mind. It honestly does not matter if I am good at singing, what matters is that I am obedient in what God is asking me to do.
Long story short I slowly stepped and am still slowly stepping out to use my voice to serve God through worship. Now it is actually one of my very favorite things to do; it’s just crazy how many people and opportunities God has sent to continue walking me along this special path.
What I’m about to say is 100% something I need to hear myself, but be encouraged and be brave! If God is asking you to do something out of your comfort zone, don’t let fear stop you, because whatever’s on the other side might be your new favorite thing. Will it be easy? Most likely no, but do it anyway!
plans his way,
but the Lord establishes