Are You Daring To Even Try?
The other day, Gid & I swung by the Micky D's drive-thru for a couple of breakfast sandwiches. (I'm not proud of it, but it happened, ok?!) The employee taking my money at the first window had a smooth, booming voice, so I told him I liked it.
"You have a voice for radio!" I said.
"If I had a dime for every time someone told me that, I could afford to get out of here," he replied.
"You should utilize that! You could totally do radio or something! You'd be great!"
"You don't understand. I'm, like, the world's biggest introvert."
"I'm actually an introvert too! But the thing about radio is, no one can see you. . . and they can't talk back to you!"
He laughed. "You're right! Maybe... I dunno... We'll see."
As I drove away, I started thinking about how often others see our potential, but we ourselves don't have enough belief in our abilities to chase our dreams - or at the very least, to put ourselves out there and just see what could happen. It reminds me of a quote by Mary Kay Ash that I heard a long time ago. "Most people live and die with their music still unplayed. They never dare to try."
But why is that? Why do so many people not even dare to try to use their talents to do something great? Why don't they believe in themselves, when others around them are telling them to go for it?
I would imagine Imposter Syndrome plays a big part in their reluctance to try something new with the gifts they've been given. Or maybe they are plagued with memories of past failures, and they fear that they will just fall on their face again. This world is a big place, and for an introverted person, it can be daunting when you consider all the people you might have to talk to along the way! I get that!
But what if another reason we're not reaching our full potential is because Satan, the father of lies (John 8:44), is whispering discouraging thoughts into our ears? He knows that if we ever realized our full potential for God's kingdom, that we could do immeasurable good, with ripple effects the whole world wide.
Stop believing the devil's lies. Stop getting in your own way. Stop letting yourself be discouraged before you even begin. Lean into your gifts, your talents, & your abilities. Try something new. Be a force for good. And by all means, dare to try!! Don't let your music be left unplayed. You never know what opportunities are waiting to be unlocked, and what blessings await you on your journey. But one thing is for certain: if you never dare to try, you will never realize your full potential. And that, my friends, is more terrifying than any risk of failure.
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