Brooke is a 30-something single woman who loves Jesus and is just trying to follow Him every day. She works full-time in the publishing industry as a managing editor and spends her free time making pretty things, writing and attending as many Vince Gill concerts as she can. You can follow her on Twitter (@magnolia615) and visit her blog ( http://www.magnoliagrace.blogspot.com).
I'm a planner, a thinker and an over-analyzer. Can anyone relate?
If you're anything like me, you know what it's like to spend too much time thinking about "what-if's." I have wasted so much mental energy trying to plan out every possible scenario that I know I have let opportunities pass me by because I was too afraid of taking a chance ... because what if it didn't work out like I wanted it to? What if I got hurt? What if I failed? What if someone thought I was stupid for trying?
I am excellent at talking myself out of almost anything because I don't like feeling anxious, I don't like not knowing how to do something and I don't like feeling like I'm not enough. It's much easier to just not take the risk. The thing is it's not about what I like; it's not about what will be easy or comfortable. It's about following, obeying and trusting God, and knowing that whatever happens, He'll be there to catch me if I fall.
This has been an area in my life where God has grown me in the last few years and He continues to speak to me on this issue. He has shown me how important it is to take risks even when I don't feel like I'm the right person for the job. For it's in those moments where He shows me that there is nothing impossible when He's by my side.
"For nothing is impossible with God." -Luke 1:37 (NIV)