Our family was together for a family reunion this summer in Estes Park and all 63 of us, ranging in age from 74 down to 1 were challenged to the zipline. The oldest and youngest passed but most climbed the pole and took that tough first step. Some walked off, others scooted their behind off the ledge and some fell backwards with no hands. I chose the backward trust fall which I thought would be impressive but the gasps from my family were there way of saying, “He dropped like a rock/boulder.” There was nothing graceful about it and my body later questioned my taking the “manhood test.” I was really proud of many who overcame some very real fears and others over age 60 who sailed through the air.
My point in this illustration is that when we are doing something new, taking the next step is the hardest; but it is mandatory if we want to experience the pleasure of the outcome. Some people are more risk takers than others but the point is not always to do something outrageous. Just take the next step and trust God. Is there something grabbing your attention but fear has held you back from trying? Perhaps a mission trip or opening your home for Thanksgiving hospitality or giving a financial gift to a person or organization in need. Give your fear to God and take the next step!