Is it hard for you to stand still, to wait, and to know when to move? I think of David and Goliath, and against all odds David was able to throw the rock with velocity to triumph over Goliath. Waiting is one of the hardest things to do, but when we wait we build character, we learn things about ourselves we didn’t know, and we grow patience that brings about a calmness that is indescribable. Today’s society makes us movers, makes us doers, and makes us crazy with busyness! It makes it more difficult to sit and be still, to enjoy laughter between friends, to learn something new, or to be calm and read a stimulating book of knowledge. Be still, not fearful.
When we are faced with a new challenge or trying something new, we experience FEAR. Some of us run from fear “to take flight” or to run away from the stimuli that makes us uncomfortable. Rather than feeling the fear, we run away and miss out on growth. Fear is more of a fantasy appearing real than anything, but fear keeps so many of us down. We fear we cannot live up to the expectations, we fear we will fail, we fear that we will not perform, and we just plain and simple fear. In one of my recent meetings with other entrepreneurs, you could hear and sense fear like it had its own gigantic being. The entrepreneur commented how she was so afraid to fail. With an uplifting tone, I told her the only way to have success is to fail. You can’t taste the sweetness of success until you know the bitterness of failure no matter what you do. It brought about a calmness in lowering expectations and knowing that no matter what happens, you have to take rejection and failure as a stepping stone to grow and become fearless.
Becoming fearless isn’t about being careless or irresponsible. It’s about standing still (or kneeling) in the storms of life, it’s about waiting and getting soaked in the rain, and realizing the powerful lighting bolts are our own energy deep inside of us to do something on purpose! Not to fail, but to achieve. Not to run away, but to stand still. Whether the movements are standing still, baby steps, or a sprint to the finish line we are never truly finished in our walk of life…
Proverbs 16: 24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
Psalm 46:10 Be still and know that I am God.
“Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
While I’m Waiting Song from John Waller