There’s a basic need for significance ingrained in our natures. We need to sense that our contribution to the big picture matters. Significance doesn’t mean becoming famous. It doesn’t mean we’re the best at what we do; it simply means we feel better about ourselves when we step forward and offer our unique contribution. Doing that is risky. Perhaps people won’t like our offering. They might not get us. And, worst of all, they might reject us.
The first time I submitted an article to a magazine, I tortured myself with visions of the editor exclaiming, “I’ve never read such rubbish in my life!” The reason I wrote the article and submitted it was that I really believed God had given me something to say. But, after I slipped the envelope into the mailbox, (that tells you how long ago I submitted this article), I was so terrified of rejection, I could hardly breathe.
In a month or two (that’s a long time to hold one’s breath), the editor wrote back. He said he’d be happy to publish my piece and if I had anything else to write, to please send it to him. My writer’s heart leaped for joy.
Taking risks for worthy reasons adds exhilaration to life and increases our sense of significance.
Choose Significance, not Security. Many God-called people let God-given ideas lie dormant because they fear failure or rejection. God is writing a story in each person’s life. Our pages hum with joy, grief, pain and pleasure but no novel is complete without adventure. The adventure chapters in our stories chronicle the times we’ve chosen significance over security, the times we’ve knocked on strangers’ doors, uncertain whether we’d even arrived at the right address.
Is God pressing you to move in a certain direction? To step forward and offer your services? To do something that is out of your comfort zone? Are you nervous about taking a risk?
If we don’t risk following wherever He leads, we’ll never know the joy of crawling out on a limb and finding ourselves exactly where He wants us to be.
Rose McCormick Brandon writes books, articles, devotionals, and occasionally, short stories. She’s the author of Promises of Home – Canada’s British Home Children. She speaks at libraries and historical organizations on the top of The Home Children. On the subject of faith in Jesus Christ, she speaks at women’s gatherings and churches. Her other blog, Promises of Home is here.