Fear doesn’t discriminate. It affects all races, people of all ages, and doesn't care whether you're male or female.
I've been telling people about my desire to do shorts videos for a while now, and I have yet to do one. I give excuses like I don't have a location to record or the right equipment.
The truth is...the camera scares me.
When I write a message, I can hide behind my words. But the camera...it highlights my insecurities. It’s out of my comfort zone and makes me nervous.
This weekend I was challenged quite a bit. First, by my grandma. She's a pastor of a church here in Spanish Harlem that I attend on Sunday's.
On Friday morning, she called me and asked if I could lead worship service on Sunday. I mentioned in the past that I'm not a singer nor soloist, but my grandma is one persistent woman.
She keeps asking me to do tasks that make me uncomfortable. And I respect what she's doing, but I'm ashamed to admit I can be pretty resistant.
Usually, when she asks me to lead worship service, I grumble a little, drag my feet, and then do it. This time, I held my tongue and just said, "Okay." Thank God for growth!
On Friday night, I attended a youth event. The theme of the event was, Who's Got Next, and the speaker challenged us to step up.
After the event, I thought to myself, "God doesn't call us to do what's comfortable. He calls us to address a need." Ministering is addressing a need.
My grandma has a need for someone to do the worship service on Sunday’s, and God keeps calling me to address it.
So, Sunday came around, and I decided to have a more enthusiastic attitude about doing the worship service. What I should've been doing all along was looking at this challenge as an opportunity to be a blessing to someone.
Who knows what could come from our obedience.
When I got to the front of the chapel and began singing, I realized I wasn’t as nervous as I’ve been previously. All eyes were on me, and I got through it without anyone laughing—not that anyone would or anything, but that was just my irrational fear.
After praise and worship, a visiting pastor spoke about how Jesus is the One.
In Matthew 11:3, John the Baptist sent two of his disciples to ask Jesus, "Are you the Messiah we've been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?"
There were many false messiahs in Israel, and Jesus' ministry wasn't exactly what John imagined the Messiah's would look like. His life was on the line, and he had doubts.
But Jesus proved himself to be true. He is the One and he wants you to step out of your comfort zone to do what He's called you to do.
If you wait for perfect conditions, you'll never move forward. There’s no better time than now.
When Jesus calls you, he equips you with everything you need to get the job done. All you need to do is drop everything (your pride, your fears, your insecurities) and say yes, "I am that somebody."
What God is calling you to do might not look like what you imagined it would. You might be waiting for a boat, and God gives you some wood. Get to work and start building!
Don't hesitate and miss your opportunity. There's a purpose for every task that He gives you.
Imagine if the woman in the Bible who was suffering from a blood disorder hesitated and let fear hold her back from getting to Jesus. She would have died. The right time is now.
I’m going to challenge myself to do a video this week, and I challenge you to do something that makes you uncomfortable too.
"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."
- 2 Timothy 1:7
At the end of the day, only you can answer this…are you that somebody or nah?
If you’re up for the challenge, tell me on the discussions page what you’re going to do this week that makes you uncomfortable. Let’s support and hold each other accountable. We're in this together, k? :). I look forward to hearing from you.
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You were born to do great things. So do them!