Why Hesitate?

For years I wanted to stop drinking. I knew if I continued on the same path, that alcohol would kill me.  It was a no brainer. But I stood before the door on the staircase of the 12 Steps and just stared at it. I knew in my heart of hearts what I had to do —  and needed to do —  if I was going to survive. But fear gripped me.

People in recovery have taught me to “Just Do it!” no matter how fearful I am. As I look back over the years, I clearly see that what I feared most was the prospect of making a decision to do something (like standing at the edge of a cliff and trying to decide whether to jump or not).

The struggle is with the decision making process itself. But once I took that first step, actually opened the door  and took some action, the fear simply melted away. So now, instead of hesitating at the precipice, I leap.

This reminds me of the Steven Curtis Chapman song “I’m Diving In.” When I hesitate the fear becomes overwhelming. When I take the plunge, it is exhilarating and liberating.

Are you staring at a staircase that will surely lead to change for the better in your life and doing nothing? Is there a door in your life that is closed and needs to be opened? Are you struggling with the decision to take that first step? Hemming and hawing.  Debating the “what if’s?”

Don’t wait. Open the door! Take the leap!

“I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.  The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:9-10 

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