• Jennifer

Do It Anyway

“Some people will not understand what the love of Christ compels you to do; do it anyway.” Sheila Walsh

Wow, 2020 has been quite a year!!

When this year started, none of us could have known the road we’d be on. Maybe I shouldn’t call 2020 a road. A rollercoaster, maybe? Like the Ninja ride at Six Flags, this year has been one rough rollercoaster. Our brains are still rattling from that last loop de loop. If you’ve ever ridden the Ninja, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

But I have to be honest here and say 2020 has not been all bad for me.

In February of 2020, I took the biggest leap of faith of my life so far and resigned from my job to start freelance writing.

I can say with confidence that I know God called me to this “rollercoaster.” Only this path has looked nothing like I expected. I thought I would be writing for health and wellness blogs and magazines. I thought God was opening a door for me to have the flexibility to get more involved in my community and ministries I love. Not writing as a ministry. No, this looks very different.

I had no idea He was calling me to create this ministry.

Although, again if I’m honest, I secretly hoped.

It’s been 8 months since I stepped out in faith. And every day is still a walk of faith. Every day I have to decide again that I am going to trust God to lead and that I am going to trust Him to provide. And y’all, He is faithful.

When Should You Take A Leap of Faith?

It’s not always clear when you should take a leap of faith. But there are a few ways you can be confident the leap is right.

1. Take a leap of faith when you believe the Holy Spirit is leading you to!

Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Psalm 25:4 ESV

If you sense God is leading you in a certain direction, start praying diligently for wisdom. In James 1, God promises to give us wisdom as we ask in faith.

And be sure to invite others into your decision. It’s easy to get caught up in our own desires and believe it’s obedience. A wise man or woman seeks the advice of trusted friends.

2. Take a leap of faith after seeking wise counsel.

Wise counsel should come from those you know will pray with you. The wisdom of God seems foolish to the world (1 Corinthians 2:14). When you are making a decision about taking a leap that will require a lot of faith, you want to partner with those who understand that God’s ways are not always what we would call logical.

And get advice from more than one source. Many times our friends and family only want us to be happy. This may mean that they point us in the direction we want to go, instead of the direction we’re being led to go.

Proverbs tells us on multiple occasions to seek advice (Proverbs 12:15, Proverbs 11:14, Proverbs 15:22)

Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future. Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. Proverbs 19:20-21 ESV

As you and your people sense God’s leading, you just have to go for it!!

3. Take the leap of faith when the leap is more than you can handle.

If it’s more than you can handle, it’s probably God. This is by far the scariest aspect of any leap of faith, but this inadequacy opens the door for us to see God move in ways we’ll never experience in our comfort zone.

God’s power is made perfect in weakness.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV

Leaps of Faith always reveal our weaknesses. And scary as that is, it’s also very exciting.

It’s in these moments that we get to see God move.

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21 ESV

This is where God is glorified.

But here’s the truth, though I know without a moment’s hesitation that I’ve been obedient to God, not everyone else has that same confidence in my decisions. Sometimes the people in our lives don’t get the memo.

When Others Don’t Get The Memo

Do it anyway.

When you take a leap of faith, there will always be people who don’t understand. And that’s okay. Good even. These people (typically) care about you. They want what’s best for you and the bigger the leap, the harder it will be for others to see it as best.

Again, that’s okay.

Let people challenge you. If you have sought the Lord and you know that you’re being obedient to His leading, you should do it anyway.

Please don’t hear me say, “Forget wise counsel. Just do what you want!”

That’s not Biblical. Remember Proverbs says it’s important to seek wise counsel (Proverbs 19:20-21)

But after you’ve sought counsel and you know you’re on the path of obedience, you walk it out no matter what others think.

That’s not rebellion. That’s faith.

Take the Leap

I don’t know what leap of faith God is asking you to take. But whether it’s big or small, if God is leading, it is worth the jump!

Fear is inevitable when you’re taking a leap of faith.

Have you ever bungee jumped? Yeah, me neither! If you have, I’m super impressed.

The point is bungee jumping is an act of faith that when you step off the ledge your bungee cord is going to hold you. You have to face the fear of the jump to experience the joy of the free-fall.

I’m still free-falling, guys.

It’s exhilarating and terrifying, but I regret nothing.

What is God leading you to do that scares you? Every single jump is worth the risk.

Verses For Further Study:

Matthew 16: 24 ESV: Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”

Romans 8:14 ESV: For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”

Romans 11:33 ESV: Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!