When You Are Afraid of What Comes Next

When You Are Afraid of What Comes Next

Today I will finish writing the final chapter in a book I’ve been working on for over a year. I’ve shared the concept in churches all over the country. I’ve done tons of research. I even flew to the Bahamas to interview a prominent psychiatrist about his theories for the book. (Hey, someone had to do it.)

I’m confident this book is going to be life-changing.

But a strange phenomenon is afoot in my whacky mind at this point. I keep procrastinating on writing the last chapter. I just won’t sit down to write it. The content is all there. I know what I want to say. I even have it outlined. But, I just can’t bring myself to finish the thing.

Yesterday I finally sat down and had a conversation with myself.

“What the heck is your problem Joël?” After thinking it over for a while I realized something:

I’m afraid to finish this book because then I’ll have to do something with it.

I’ll have to let people read it and give feedback. I’ll have to send out a book proposal. I’ll have to get rejection notices from publishers. I’ll have to do tons and tons of more editing. Then what if nobody reads the book? Eek!

It’s a lot easier to tell people you are writing a book than it is to actually complete a book. I guess that’s what separates the pros from the amateurs. The pros are brave enough to just do the work, no matter what may come of it. Amateurs are content to soak in the adulation of people who think they are cool just for dreaming of doing something.

Whatever it is you feel called to do, please, just do it. Start the ministry. Write the book. Open the business. Don’t get psyched out by the fear of what will happen once you actually make your move. And please don’t get sucked into being content with people praising you just for dreaming. Do something.

Just take it one step at a time. Be courageous and complete the job. God may just want to do something amazing with your work. But it’s up to you to actually create it.

It may be that the LORD will work for us… 1 Samuel 14:6 (Check out this entire passage, the story is crazy!)