I was undecided about going forwards with that course. It was tempting. Should I do it or not? There was evidence on both sides.
Amongst the evidence for was the talk I listened by the lady who was trying to encourage people to join her coaching program. One of her points was that people do not like going forwards to do things because it is stretches them. In the beginning when we are being stretched it is hard to believe that we really can do something. Once we have done it a time or two it gets easier to believe that we can. What I was contemplating was definitely stretching.
I was also somewhat scared as this step forwards was somewhat risky. It would really mean walking out in faith. Was this just me not stepping out in faith or would stepping forwards be presumptuous? In other words, if I did go forwards would I just be expecting God to help me move forwards, whether or not it was the right thing to do it or not.
It was a risk and a stretch because it would take me to the limit of my financial resources and possibly beyond. It was that beyond that was scary. Was it really feasible? Those who speak about taking risks say that it is not wise to risk more than you can afford to lose.
Backwards and forwards
It was a case of God what do I do. I woke up with a dream that left me somewhat puzzled about what it meant. In fact, it was a bit scary. I went to visit a rental house that I had access to but when I got there the door was open. I walked in and shouted in case anyone was there but all I found were marks on the walls where the paint had been taken off. It was as if little people had been around spoiling it.
One of the things I decided to do was lay a fleece out and say if a certain Hebrew name of God was mentioned in the sermon that Sunday then I would go forwards. That is when things got really crazy. I did not get to church that Sunday. I tried but the car decided it was not happy being driven. Before the car went to church again it would have be checked out by a mechanic at the garage.
What was the eventual outcome?
If I had been guaranteed that I would succeed that would have been one thing. There was no guarantee well there was a money back guarantee but it was only accessible well into the future. I could get into a mess well before that was payable. The discussion group I joined made me realise that this was quite possible. I would be stepping forwards in faith expecting God to keep me safe.
After I decided not to jump in I went back to the discussion group I realised that in order to succeed you needed to have a certain type of personality. The thing is that I don’t have that kind of personality. In fact, I am more the opposite. I have a habit of shrinking when I am amongst that type of personality.
The chances of me surviving and doing well in that kind of environment was slim to nothing. That was when I realised that I had made the right choice. Phew, it was not that I had missed an opportunity but that I had managed to escape what would most probably be a disaster for someone like me.
What is right for me is not necessarily right for you?
Those with the right personality to thrive in that kind of environment could become astounding successes in that situation. Those without, like me, would wither and die. Well maybe not die a physical death but definitely, a part of them would die in an emotional sense.
One of the biggest reasons why people do not succeed is that they are doing the wrong thing for them. Yes, what they are doing could be just right for someone else but they are not designed to do that thing in that way and therefore they cannot do whatever it is well. Do what they are designed to do in the way that they are designed to do it and they will succeed.
The issue is what are you designed to do. Once you know that you can go ahead and do it. Try and do something you are not designed to do and you will struggle. Not only that but you will have less opportunity to do what you were designed to do.