When the forms of an old culture are dying, the new culture is created by a few people who are not afraid to be insecure. –Rudolph Bahro
Anytime you make a significant change, you will experience doubt, fear and uncertainty. There will be a moment when you’ve fully committed yourself but you haven’t seen any results yet. None at all. You know you’re doing the right thing, but no one else sees it. People begin to call you crazy, crowds begin to form and a deathwatch sets up.
That’s the moment that makes or breaks you. In that moment, if you bail out you’ll fall right back into that place you used to be in…that place where everything was safe, predictable, accepted by the masses and completely unsatisfying.
Consider Noah… He had spent decades preaching God’s message, building a massive ship and preparing for the most catastrophic event the world had ever seen. The fateful day comes, Noah takes his family into ark and…nothing. For seven days.
Meanwhile, his neighbors are looking in, laughing at his little family moving themselves into a huge wooden box.
What was going through Noah’s mind?
- Did God really speak to me?
- Did I imagine everything?
- Is everyone else right?
- Am I making a crazy mistake?
Centuries later, we read Noah’s story and already know the ending. Of course he went in the ark. Of course he didn’t bail out.
But Noah didn’t know the ending. He just knew he had received a vision from the Lord and he had to make a choice – the same choice you have to make when you have a God-given dream.
You can listen to the God who called you into the ark or to the people who are standing outside.
But choose carefully… Only one is right.