When I first thought up this outfit (cause, ya know, I think of outfits when I'm bored), I didn't actually wear it for another month or two later. I didn't wear it because I was so unsure of how it would look. I think that it took me so long to actually wear it because I was so focused on what it might look like that I never tried it to see what it would look like.
I ended up taking a leap of faith partly because God had recently been telling me to take the leap in other areas, and because it was frigidly cold and I was desperate.
As you can see, it turned out great. I ended up wearing a really cute, comfortable, and warm outfit. Plus, I got a compliment on it! Bonus points there! :)
I am encouraging YOU to take the leap. Whether that is an outfit that you aren't sure about, or whether you need to trust somebody/something more. Because you never know if you don't try, right?
Here is something that has been very encouraging lately and has helped me to get over myself and take more leaps of faith:
This is why the fulfillment of God’s promise depends entirely on trusting God and his way, and then simply embracing him and what he does. God’s promise arrives as pure gift. That’s the only way everyone can be sure to get in on it, those who keep the religious traditions and those who have never heard of them. For Abraham is father of us all. He is not our racial father—that’s reading the story backward. He is our faith father.
We call Abraham “father” not because he got God’s attention by living like a saint, but because God made something out of Abraham when he was a nobody. Isn’t that what we’ve always read in Scripture, God saying to Abraham, “I set you up as father of many peoples”? Abraham was first named “father” and then became a father because he dared to trust God to do what only God could do: raise the dead to life, with a word make something out of nothing. When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said he would do. And so he was made father of a multitude of peoples. God himself said to him, “You’re going to have a big family, Abraham!”
Abraham didn’t focus on his own impotence and say, “It’s hopeless. This hundred-year-old body could never father a child.” Nor did he survey Sarah’s decades of infertility and give up. He didn’t tiptoe around God’s promise asking cautiously skeptical questions. He plunged into the promise and came up strong, ready for God, sure that God would make good on what he had said. That’s why it is said, “Abraham was declared fit before God by trusting God to set him right.” But it’s not just Abraham; it’s also us! The same thing gets said about us when we embrace and believe the One who brought Jesus to life when the conditions were equally hopeless. The sacrificed Jesus made us fit for God, set us right with God.
Romans 4:16-25 The Message
Would you wear an outfit that you were unsure about?