Answer this question: What would you do if you knew you could not fail? Would you write a book? Would you start your own business? Would you go back to school? Would you get married? We all have something we’d love to do, but often, our fear of failure outweighs the potential of our destiny. But what if you found out that failure could actually help you succeed?
- Deuteronomy 31:23
- Genesis 18:12
- 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
“What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?”
When I answered that question, I said, “Well I’d be in the NBA.” And then I laughed. I was an All-American basketball player in college almost 9 years ago. I’m very good at basketball, but NBA players are doing what only .00014 people in America get to do. I would say 95% of all 450 NBA players are taller, faster, and stronger than I am. So I had a lot of reasons to laugh at myself when even thinking about trying to be in the NBA.
But God wasn’t laughing. I didn’t get the idea that God wanted me to be in the NBA, but I got an overwhelming feeling that God wanted me to try. God wanted me to live without fear and for me to do that, I needed to face my biggest one: the fear of failure.
It’s one thing to have your mom encourage you to chase your dream. She’s supposed to do that. But when God encourages you to do something, that should invigorate all of us because if the ruler of the heavens and the earth puts his stamp of approval on who you are and what you do, that’s a pretty good indicator that you should go in that direction. He knows the beginning and the end; so He must be seeing something in your future that he doesn’t want you to miss.
Moses told Joshua to be strong and courageous. And that’s an amazing moment in history. But when God comes off the throne and tells Joshua to be strong and courageous, it just takes everything to the next level. And God not only tells him to be strong and courageous, but He also lets him know that He’ll be with him wherever he goes.
Here’s a new question: What would you do if you knew God was with you wherever you go?
However you answer the above, don’t laugh at it. There’s nothing too hard for God.