There’s something about stepping out in faith that ALWAYS rewards. I’m doing The Wisdom Workshops Series (TWWS) right now. It’s a seven weeks series where I’m teaching selected poetry of Slow Running Honey. God had been pressing my spirit to do for over a year now. I must have set at least a dozen dates in my heart and on paper only to come up with a kajillion practical reasons why the date needed to be pushed back, erased, or set aside. And I’m telling you, they were good reasons. Had you heard any of them you’d probably have said “Oh, ok…that makes perfect sense.”
And therein lies the problematic issue. My reasons for my procrastination always make practical sense. I could be labeled the south’s most sensible avoider. Avoidance became the habit I was probably most emotionally attached to. It was my safeguard. My okay place to hide. So yes, I had all the dreams and the plans to go with them…the only thing was, there was never any action behind my plan. Just meetings & maps that kept detailing the terrain more and more intricately but without the audacity to explore, a treasure map serves nothing.
I thank God for how He knows and reads our hearts; how He ministers to not just to our issues but to their root. He knew what I did not: that the dates would be inked in and whited out, pencilled in and erased not because the money was a mystery, or the website wasn’t ready, or the book was on back order…but because of the foundation of fear all my dreams & all their plans were built on.
My business mentor, Tammy Holyfield (another of God’s timely gifts) told me one meeting that I had to “practice live” if I ever hoped to work out all the kinks. What does that mean, I wondered? As if she read my mind she said, “plan your way, invite the people & do it. You’ll learn in the process”. And here I am….
Three weeks into the seven weeks series of TWWS and I feel my wings expanding. Again, I heard someone say, Joyce Meyer maybe….”feel the fear and do it anyway.” Funny thing about fear is…it’s all in your mind. When you finally get there, you often find that it’s not. That its welcome is always worn out by our audacity to ‘do it anyway.’
And so here I am….”out there”…& now I know the distance between undone & doing, is only a step away!!!