Stepping forward in boldness is not as easy as it sounds. Fear of change is a compelling force that works against any person looking to move beyond his or her comfort zone. The boundaries of a routine are familiar and secure, not so for whatever lies beyond them. The greatest risk is a misstep or even failure. Embarrassment or ridicule might be the result. Societal pressures do not allow for errors and oftentimes work to keep one from doing anything beyond the norm. Sticking with the expected brings safety.
Or does it?
The late Peter Drucker was known as a foundational pioneer in modern management techniques. Through a career of consulting with the highest levels of business and political leaders around the world he gained significant insights into the qualities facilitating risk, achievement, and breakthrough ideas. He stated the following: “People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.” The question is not whether you will make blunders, you will. The question is whether they will happen as you learn and grow or when you are cowered by fright.
Each person has been given gifts to usher in positive change. Each has also been given specific passions and interests as vehicles to reach others. When we keep those hidden it is a costly waste of potential and does little to reduce the risk of failure.
Timothy was instructed on the hazards of being stifled by fear. Paul told him he should not be shy or restrained. Instead he was to act with boldness and love. Yet despite this admonition we find it easy to falter and retreat back to the safety of the status quo. Isaiah addressed this with the people of Israel when God reassured them he was standing with them and strengthening them through their times of change. He promised to help them, holding them steady with a firm grip. A promise as solid as this lets us each know we can accomplish anything.
We can be reassured as we step forward to bring positive change to those around us. The risk for failure is no greater than doing nothing. Push aside the hesitancy brought about by fear. Trust that no matter the result of your undertaking if you are relying on God’s strength you will survive your two big mistakes.