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What’s Holding You Back?

“I’m not ready for that yet. Maybe in a few years.”

What is That Thing in your life? The one thing you long to do that you don’t feel ready for yet? You need to be older, wiser, better prepared, have more time, pass some milestone first—and then you’ll do it.

At the age of twelve, Jesus went to His Father’s house. According to Jewish tradition, He wouldn’t be part of the religious community for another year. He wouldn’t start His ministry for another eighteen years. But He wanted to be about His Father’s business, and He wouldn’t let His age stop Him.

1 Timothy 4:12 says, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.” Look carefully at whatever is keeping you from doing That Thing now. Pray about it. Is it truly God’s will for you to wait, or is it your fear, insecurity, laziness, or perception that holds you back?

If it truly is God’s will to wait, then follow Jesus’ example and prepare to do That Thing in the future by asking questions and listening and learning.

Do you have a “That Thing” in your life you don’t feel ready for yet? What’s holding you back?

2 Responses to “What’s Holding You Back?”

  1. Marcy Weydemuller

    Great list, Sarah. It’s amazing how we can cloak those fears, insecurities, and laziness behind seemingly excellent reasons. And sometimes we take on the attitude of those around us and manage to let them drown out God’s voice.

  2. Sarah Sundin

    Marcy – so true! Some people around us can encourage and prod us to follow God’s will (like someone named Marcy Weydemuller, for example) – but others can really hamper us. Once again – the importance of checking every voice against the Lord’s will.