I just read a book that presented an interesting view of the relationship between confidence and courage. The book is “The 5 Second Rule” by Mel Robbins. In it, she discusses how we have a tendency to think we have to be “ready” before we step into anything new or uncomfortable. And that the need to “be ready” is really just fear of the unknown. Her advice for moving through the fear is to count down from 5---5-4-3-2-1-Go. Her point is that if we don’t make a move in the first 5 seconds after our initial thought, we will talk ourselves out of doing whatever it is and the moment will pass. If we don’t make a move within that 5 seconds, fear and uncertainty set in and we tell ourselves “I’m not ready”. Mel makes the point that we are never going to be ready, so we just have to take the leap and make the move.

In her book, Mel has many examples of people who have adopted the 5 second rule and changed their lives. What is counter-intuitive is the belief that we need to feel confident before we make a move, but in truth, it is in mustering the courage to take the leap that leads to the confidence we are seeking.

I remember Brad Corrigan speaking one day at church. He was telling the story of being brought to the trash dump in Nicaragua by the taxi driver. The taxi driver had taken him there on several occasions and Brad had been too afraid to get out of the car. On this one occasion he decided to get out of the car. Before he opened the door, he looked up and said “okay God here we go.” As Brad told this story, he made a gesture of reaching up and holding God’s hand as he stepped out of the cab into the unknown. This is a great example of “5-4-3-2-1 go.” From that one leap of faith, Brad and his organization have changed many lives in ways they had never expected.

I think the visual of reaching up, taking God’s hand and saying “5-4-3-2-1 okay God here we go” is a way we can tap into the courage we lack. There are many passages in the Bible that instruct us to have courage because God is with us. Here are a few:

Joshua 1: 9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Isaiah 41: 10: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Ephesians 6: 10 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.”

God knows we sometimes lack the courage we need and God calls on us to have faith in those moments and that faith will provide us the courage we need to open the door to the unknown. From the many stories in this book as well as Brad’s experience, there is sufficient evidence that a step of faith can lead to a journey that is far better than any we can often imagine.

I close with a quote from Maya Angelou, “The Will of God will not take you where The Grace of God will not protect you.” 5-4-3-2-1, okay God here we go….

Kelley Evans

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