What Do You Have to Lose?
Blog – 1-10-18
Have you ever had God put something really audacious on your heart, something very exciting and cool, but when you go to do it, you freeze? Does the fear of hearing no keep you from stepping out in faith? Does the risk of failure keep you from ever even trying?
If you’re like most of us, the answer is a resounding yes.
I know there are a few brave souls who look fear in the eye and conquer it every time. I don’t happen to be one of them.
I have felt the Spirit nudging me for quite some time to write a letter to Rick Warren and tell him how his book, “The Purpose Driven Life,” literally changed my life. I can say unequivocally that his book is the reason I am doing ministry full-time. If you haven’t read it, please do!
I have very clearly felt God telling me to share my story with Rick and send him my latest CD, “Twelve,” and share with him how God’s footprints are all over the project. Rachel and I are hopeful that Rick’s church, Saddleback, will endorse the project for use in Celebrate Recovery programs across the country. Saddleback is the organization that started Celebrate Recovery. We’ve gotten in front of people that help lead the program from his church, but we haven’t gotten anywhere, to be honest, and God keeps telling me to go to the top and ask! Just ask!
Sounds simple, but I’ve been putting off the letter because doubts started polluting my mind. Things like: He’ll never read it. Why would he want to hear from you? You’re nobody from nowhere. Why would he listen to your music? You’re not big enough for Saddleback.
Because of God’s grace and patience, all the lame excuses I’ve been clinging to ran out this week, and I finally wrote the letter. The “I’m too busy” excuse God firmly said no to. The “He’ll never read it” excuse my loving Father has torn apart and replaced with “Just be faithful and do it! What do you have to lose?”
The idea is a long-shot for sure, but God is a God of long shots. Look at David and Goliath. That’s a little bit what this feels like, to be honest, facing a giant like Saddleback, but I’m smiling as I think of how God used someone small and tiny like David to do a huge thing.
The truth is, I have absolutely nothing to lose by writing the letter. Nothing.
Such confidence we have through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.
2 Cor. 3:4-5.
This scripture confirms where our hope comes from and why I mailed that letter today with confidence! Not in myself, but in the incredible God I serve.
Some of you have ideas that you’re afraid to follow, dreams that you’re scared to chase, hopes that seem larger than life. Some of you are facing giants on your own journey to greatness. If you’ve let fear and doubt stop you from taking that first step in faith, I urge you to ask yourself this simple question, “What do you have to lose?”
Chances are, nothing.
The one thing you ARE guaranteed to lose if you don’t try is the opportunity for success. That dream that lays hidden in your heart will never EVER come to life if you don’t take the risk and go for it. If your attempts end in failure, you will have the satisfaction of knowing you overcame your fear, and that in itself is a huge victory.
And remember, you can’t win if you don’t begin.
I know I’ve let way too many opportunities pass me by because I was too chicken to follow through on ideas that seemed too big to become real, but not anymore! Maybe it’s the resolve we all feel at the start of the new year that’s got my heart racing so, but I’m tired of the “what if’s” I’ve experienced in my life. I’m tired of rehashing missed opportunities I’ve let slip through my timid fingers.
Join me, my friend, and do whatever it is that seems impossible. Choose today to begin! Give your dream a shot. Remember how big the God is that we serve, and go for it!
I would love to hear what that first step looks like for you, so please write me back and let me know how God is pushing you beyond your fear. Let me celebrate your victory with you!
The victory is in the trying…not in the result!
And when fear comes knocking, tell it to take a hike as you remind yourself, “What do you have to lose?”
Hugs and love,