Q&A: Why can’t I step out in faith?

by Debbie Wilson on September 25, 2009 · 2 comments

Question:

Hi, Debbie –
My name is Jenny and I live near Asheville, NC. where I expect the market for personal coaching services is great and far enough away from you that we would not be competing in each others markets.

I have a very good job with a premier diversified corporation as a Global Customer Support Manager.  I am 48 an have been with the corporation since I was 18 approaching my 31st anniversary with them in May 2010.

So, why am I contacting you.  Although I feel totally blessed that God has provided me with a great husband, 2 beautiful children and this good job, I have a relentless yearning to spread my wings and fly!  Why?  I don’t know I just know that doing so has been on my heart well over 10 years yet due to existing financial obligations, I have not been able to step out in faith.  Yes, I am ashamed!  I claim to be in full surrender to Christ, yet I because I know God gave us free will I cannot take the leap of faith because I cannot trust that my decision to do so is HIS WILL for me.

I am interested in YOUR STORY — how did you do it.  Were you like me or did you have less risk when you started?

If you do not wish to reply to this message I fully understand — I am not a customer — you do not stand to gain profits in $s by sharing your story with me.  You do, however, stand the chance of making a difference in my life.

Reply if you will and if not, I wish you great success with 48 days.

Blessings,

Jenny

Answer:

Jenny,

I appreciate your email.  I am reminded of Dan Miller’s chapter in Rudder of the Day called “Divine Discontent” where he quotes Emerson:  “I see young men, my townsmen, whose misfortune it is to have inherited farms, houses, barns, cattle, and farming tools; for these are more easily acquired than got rid of.  Better if they had been born in the open pasture and suckled by a wolf, that they might have see with clearer eyes what field they were called to labor in.”
Yes, we had risks.  We sold our house in California and went back to school and training for two years to pursue our calling.  We both had the divine discontent and both a sense of calling to something new.  We lived off of what we made from selling our home and then our first year in NC. we emptied our small retirement fund to get started.  Our children were 6 and 8 when we moved to NC to begin a non profit ministry.  I won’t go into details, but there were times I was very concerned for us financially.  But now my husband is in his sweet spot and I am half way there as I am transitioning out of counseling into coaching.  But I love our simpler lives.  There has continued to be a lot of paring down to what is most important.

I would say definitely listen to your unrest and ask God for His leading.  I have found that every change He has led me in took courage, but there was a desire to step out that kept us going.  You have to incorporate times of stillness to hear God’s voice.  If your life is so busy, you may have to start by letting go of some “ought tos and shoulds,” to fill your life with the most important.  If God is calling, He will no doubt be paring (pruning John 15) so you can have a richer fuller life.

Blessings,
Debbie

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