Sometimes, you just have to go out on a limb. After all, that’s where the fruit is.

It’s often referred to as a “leap of faith”.  However, it doesn’t always have to be a leap.  Sometimes, it’s simply a step of faith.  The number one reason why many people’s dreams or plans or hopes or visions never come to fruition is simply because they never get started in the first place.  It’s easy to either become complacent with where we are in life, or to be fearful of failure.  It’s easy to be lulled into complacency by that steady paycheck, particularly if you are also a slave to debt.  Right now, you can’t live without that paycheck, so you certainly don’t want to do anything to jeopardize its continued receipt.  Honestly though, don’t you have an hour a week to begin looking into the possibility of pursuing something you really want to pursue?  Couldn’t you turn off “The Bachelor” for an hour?  Couldn’t you log off of Facebook for an hour?  Couldn’t your hubby watch the kids for an hour so you can go to the library?  We are all busy, but busy does not equal happy.

My own company is in its infancy.  I am still a slave to my “day job” paycheck.  However, things are moving in the right direction.  The small steps of faith I took in establishing my LLC and beginning to pursue new projects and clients are beginning to bear fruit.  Now, I’m talking grapes and kiwi, not watermelon.  I am seeking much larger fruit and more of it, but the doors God is opening on a regular basis assure me that I am on the right path.

You don’t necessarily quit your job, sell the farm, and live in your van to begin the journey to doing something you really enjoy doing and using the gifts and talents you have been blessed with…  but you must do something.

One Sunday in class at my church, I heard a wonderful illustration.  Many of us are familiar with Psalm 119:105, which says, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”  Sometimes, our path is not as clear and obvious as we would hope.  Sometimes, there is no floodlight that shines like headlights down a road to show us the things we will encounter 100 feet down this path so that we can prepare for them.  Sometimes, the light that guides us is more like a small, focused flashlight that points nearly straight down right in front of us, illuminating only the place where we are to take the next step.  Once we have taken that step, the next step guide light will appear, and so on.

In this scenario, if we never take that first small step, the path will remain dark forever.  Do you really always want to wonder, in the back of your mind, “what if?”  Dream it.  Believe it.  Think it.  Pray it.  Do it.

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~ by suitenectar on March 9, 2010.

One Response to “Sometimes, you just have to go out on a limb. After all, that’s where the fruit is.”

  1. […] on the Limb I’ve written before about taking a leap of faith, (Sometimes, you just have to go out on a limb. After all, that’s where the fruit is.) and I stand by what I have written before.  However, as someone who has now taken a huge leap of […]

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