Have you ever been fearful of doing something you did not feel qualified to do? You know, the task you would gladly hand over to your peer. Perhaps you hide under the desk when your boss asks if anyone is interested in completing project.

How about standing in front of a large group of strangers and sharing all the battles you’ve faced throughout your life? Oh, and you must share the battles you’ve won and lost with the entire group.


Guess what? You’re not alone. I’ve been there too and still struggle with overcoming fear in certain areas of my life. I was reading in Jeremiah 1:4-8 where God reminds us that He already knew we would be fearful of certain tasks and make excuses why we should not do them.

Jeremiah 1:4-8 (NIV) “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” “Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.”

After reading the passage, I was curious. If He already knew, then why not give us the courage to do it? I mean, wouldn’t it be so much easier to just give us what we need to do it. Then I kept reading and was confident why He doesn’t schedule a “task to do” on our calendar for the following reasons:

1. We would not agree with where He is sending us.

2. We would have a long list of reasons why we could not do it.

3. The word “rescue” means to free, deliver from confinement, violence, or danger. He knows we would settle for calmness and would avoid danger at all cost.


I was asked a few times to emcee a large event. Every time I was asked, my heart started racing. I had already doubted myself and thought I wasn’t good enough. I, therefore, was confident that someone else smarter would do a better job. I didn't know what to say or when to say it. I was sure I would mess up, so I thought it was best if someone else did it.

That one question exposed every area I struggled with in my life. I wrestled with low self-esteem, people-pleasing, perfectionism, and the need to be in control. I didn’t realize it at the time, but as God continued to heal my past pain; I began to see the stains that childhood abuse had left on me. I’m grateful because true healing takes place when we come face to face with our pain and fight for healing.

Has God ever directed you to do something? Do you think of every reason why someone else would be better at doing it? Is the thought of your weaknesses being exposed so overwhelming that you simply respond with a “no” because you can’t risk revealing flaws in front of others? Are you currently struggling with an addiction? Perhaps you think you’re not worthy to preform God’s calling because you silently battle an internal war?


This is my prayer for us this week.

  • Think of all the reasons why we should answer God’s calling on our life.
  • Eliminate doubt.
  • Be obedient to where He’s taking us.
  • Rely on His promise that He is with us.

He created us for exactly what He is calling us to do. God is going to use every situation and circumstance in our lives to fulfill His purpose and plan for us. It might seem like living with an abusive parent or suffering from an addiction can’t be used by God, but don’t look at your current situation as your final destination. I believe if we allow Him full access to our struggles, He can make a masterpiece out of our mess. By the way, I did emcee at the event one day. Yes, I walked up those steps trembling in fear, but I did it! Whatever it is He’s asking you to do, He will give you everything you need to do it! The question is, "Will you answer the call?"















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