I struggled for many years over my landscaping. I wanted to fix it, but I was paralyzed with fear and lacked the creativity needed to start moving forward. The longer I focused on the mess before me, the more entrenched my fears became. My focus in life was in the wrong place. Once I refocused onto Christ, my fears began to fade and I suddenly became eager to learn something about landscaping. I began to search for information. I talked to friends, researched different plants, visited nurseries and questioned nursery staff. Then a dear friend of mine, who just happened to be a designer, helped me. She asked, “Do you have a plan?” After giving her the deer in the headlights look, I replied, “A plan?” She smiled and said, “A landscape plan so you’ll have an idea of what you want your yard to look like.” The light bulb finally went off! That’s what I was missing! I needed a plan!
Sometimes in life, the biggest obstacle in our path is a lack of good planning. With the help of research and experienced people we can learn about anything in life. Knowledge helps us plan a course of action. Creativity blossoms in the wake of movement. As we begin doing, our creativity pushes our actions forward.
Usually, the first battle we face when trying to solve our problems, comes out of a struggle to get moving. We must push ourselves off the couch. We must move beyond the dreaming phase and into the action stage. While I dreamed about a beautiful yard, I failed to do what I needed to do to get there. Nothing changed in my yard until I began to move in a direction that would resolve that issue.
Have you ever struggled to get moving on an issue in your life? Are your fears keeping you from taking the necessary steps forward? Did you know that challenging ourselves to move forward in life is a faith building experience? As we embrace the challenges before us we risk walking towards unknown possibilities. Moving towards these unknown possibilities gives us the opportunity to experience God in new ways. As we experience God in our lives; we gain confidence and learn to trust Him more fully. Trust is an essential component of our faith and one we must exercise if we are to grow spiritually strong. Asking God for help is the first step we take that gets us moving, trusting Him (to be with us as we move) covers every step that follows.
God helped me move beyond my fears. My friend helped me put a plan together. The rest was up to me. I remember being giddy with excitement when I started working in my yard. Once I started moving, my creativity started flowing and landscape possibilities filled my mind. I no longer feared making a mistake because I longed to see what landscape theme I could create. I finally realized that any mistakes I made could be fixed with new possibilities.
I labored in my yard for several months. Dealing with our problems will always take hard work and effort. We can discover a principle here - working through a problem or taking a risk to reach a God given dream gives us valuable experience which builds our character. This gives us the opportunity to grow into stronger individuals full of integrity, honor, and faith. Experience is a wonderful way to achieve our common goal of becoming more like Christ.
It all starts with a focus on our new life in Christ. As long as Christ is our focus, challenges in life need not paralyze us. With a little effort and faith we can overcome.
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