What happens when God asks you to do something you don't feel comfortable with?
Sometime in the early 1990's, someone had encouraged me to sing a solo at church during the offering. I was a scrawny, terrified kid who was still finding my adolescent voice. I squeaked and squawked and then gradually, I was able to sing in a way that almost sounded like music. I finally agreed to sing and found a tape of the 4Him song "The Basics of Life". I practiced and practiced and practiced. My worst fear was that I would go up there and mess up. Most songs that you buy to sing along to have intro music that gives you the key and tells you when to start. Somehow, I had picked a song that had neither of those; you had to start singing after 5 seconds.
After writing detailed instructions to the sound guy, I nervously stepped up on the platform and gave him the signal. I waited 5 seconds and started singing well enough, but the button wasn't pushed at the right time and it became a train wreck. I remember crying at home and vowing I would never sing in front of people again. That perceived failure was the first of hundreds of times I sang publicly.
What I had to learn is that failure isn't the end, and usually, it's the beginning to better things.
God wants us all to step out of our comfort zones and try our best. Sometimes, the tape will mess up.
Sometimes you will mess up.
Failure is not the end.
Every little stretch of obedience leads to something bigger.
So when God asks you to do something risky... DO IT! If you fail, it could lead to something better.
Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10
-Pastor Benjamin Poole 10/18/2018