What’s the Worst that Could Happen?
Yesterday I had the privilege of hosting a business call and my question to them was, “What’s the worst that could happen?” So often in life, we get stuck before even getting started. We allow our fears, excuses, feelings of inadequacy, etc. to get in the way of doing what we know we should be doing.
For years, I knew I was supposed to write a book. I had all the intentions in the world, even had a written strategy, but not one word written. I had slipped into that old familiar, getting ready to get ready. Can you relate? Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about preparation. It’s essential to success. However, if we’re honest with ourselves, sometimes we use “preparation” as an excuse or a mask for what’s really going on inside.
In Scripture, we read about Moses, in book of Exodus, feeling this way. When God called him to lead the children out of Israel, he threw a bunch of excuses at God.
- “Who am I that they would listen to me?”
- “I won’t know what to say.”
- “What if they won’t listen to me?”
- “I can’t talk right. I have a speech impediment.”
- “Send someone else!”
Can’t you hear him?! One of my most comforting promises in the whole Bible is found right here in Exodus 3 & 4. God replies, “I will be with you.” I don’t know about you, but that’s all I need to hear sometimes!
So you’re applying for a new job, steadily falling in love, deciding on a business investment . . . ask yourself, what’s the worst that could happen? I believe life is about taking risks. If it can’t kill you and so long as it’s legal and ethical, I say go for it! Don’t live life on the sidelines wondering what could’ve been.
If Moses had said no, I believe the children of Israel would’ve been set free . . . eventually (God would’ve used someone else), but think about the extra time they would’ve suffered in misery, all because one man was afraid to take a risk. And Moses would’ve been just another Midianite shepherd.
So the next time you’re stuck in between faith and fear, ask yourself, “What’s the worst that could happen?” Then go for it! I did. And now my book is an Amazon best seller! 🙂