ENCOURAGE

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DOUBT, THE DISTRACTION

Do you have a goal? A dream for your future?

Have you taken steps towards achieving success? Have you reached it yet? If you have not, I dare say that the biggest culprit is doubt. Doubt is a feeling of uncertainty or lack of conviction. Doubt is the enemy of completion. We start things because we believe we can finish them. We believe enough to try, initially. The problem occurs when we hit a road block.

Often times, we haven’t planned for the snafus that life throws us. We allow ourselves to be waylaid by the delays. We begin to feel uncertain about our ability to solve the problems presented. We are no longer sure that we can do it. And don’t even get us started on the topic of the “I told you so” crew. You know, the ones who aren’t doing anything to further their careers, passion projects, families, etc.

The ones who try to disguise their lack of faith in you as concern. We begin to wonder. We wonder if we took on too much too soon, if we have enough education, if we picked the wrong time to start, if we’re entering into an oversaturated market, if we really heard God say anything, etc. We’ve begun to doubt ourselves.

The longer we doubt, the more committed we become to it.

If we’re completely honest, doubt is often a welcome distraction. It usually shows up right when our effort needs to intensify, when a breakthrough has come into view. We accept the dubious suggestions that are both thrust upon and initiated by us. We think “at least I started, I’m not who I used to be, that has to count for something.” And we’re right. But why did we start in the first place? It wasn’t so that we could have yet another failure to add to the list. We started because, for a time, we believed that our God-given talents should be shared with the world. Why don’t we continue?

We’ve married doubt. We’ve entered into a covenant relationship with it. It is the conjunction between our dreams and realization, goals and success. We’ve sent up a tent city under that bridge. We think that because we haven’t gone all the way back that we’re still making progress. We are, just not forward progress. Anytime we stop going forward, we’re going backwards. AND THAT’S NOT OKAY!!!

Serve doubt its divorce papers.

Throw its clothes out on the lawn after you bleach them. Pull those thoughts up from the root. Discard them. Know that you’re able to do all things through Christ which strengthens you, that He will never forsake you, that He wants you to prosper and be in good health, even as your soul prospers, that with Him, nothing shall be impossible, that He’s made you more than conquerors through Him who loved us, that if He is for us, who can be against us?

There is no place for doubt in you. This is why it invades your thoughts. It comes and tries to usurp authority from faith. It will only succeed if you allow it! Bye doubt!