False Starts : Lessons in Pioneering

Spring is here.. hold that thought!

It’s March 24th and my kids just finished building a snowman. We’ll take it over the mud, but I’m admittedly weary of the never ending winter.

I like to start things, but I’m often jumping the gun.

Learning to allow for more reflection, discussion and prayer. I get frustrated around impulsive people, yet I find the opposite extreme of debilitating caution the worst of the two extremes.

Spring tried to start. It wasn’t time. It will try again.

When pioneering something ‘new’, whether in your family, business or ministry, we ultimately need to take steps. I realize we’re all wired differently and the process won’t be the same for everyone, but God loves appropriately placed faith.

When we are actively trusting Jesus for justification and union NOW (like today), we let go of so much fear.

Contrary to the world, a believers value shouldn’t rest in whether our ideas work or fail, but in Jesus alone.

This has been a hard lesson for me.  I admittedly care too much what people think.  Who wants to be known as the one that failed or had to start over?

Yet, when free from this performance, we’re emboldened to take risks, even leap into adventurous new chapters.

Don’t be afraid of false starts. Don’t be afraid if you have to stop and re-calibrate a ministry or business. Don’t listen to judging attitudes of others.  Easier said than done.

The world needs to see that the Gospel actualized in more than Sunday sermons. The fact that Jesus is alive today proves we are perfectly loved by a perfect God.  If we believe that, we’re more free to step out in faith and impact our world.

So get out there and start, even if you need to start again.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us – Eph 3:20

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