Push Past the Doubt

Moo had his first night of Rec League football practice last night, and of course he came home tired as a junk yard dog. But I told him weeks earlier that we would still do our workout in the morning in addition to his practice, so off we went this morning. And we fell into our normal football season routine of discussing practice and his performance. Moo shared with me that one of his coaches asked if he was going to stay with his age group this year or move up and moo told him that he wasn’t sure. So I asked Moo if he would be willing to move up. Moo was hesitant in his answer and he just looked at me for a minute. Then he asked me was it ok to say that he had some doubts about moving up. I told him that doubt was a natural emotion and that it usually means that there is some fear there. He admitted that he didn’t know if he would be good enough to move up. We then discussed how fear can be a good thing, it can motivate you to stay on top of your game and to stay motivated. I explained that fear can also cause you to stand still and do nothing, and that is not a good thing, that sometimes you have to push past the doubt and go ahead anyway, trusting God to help you accomplish your goal. I told Moo that he may have to move up anyway because of his size and that we expected him to do his best no matter who he plays with. I told him that I believed that he can do anything he puts his mind to, that he has God-given talents of the body and mind. And of course, God is with him and Teams Pruden/Holley will always be here to cheer him on and support him. We finished our walk and I was recording this walk on my nike app and these thoughts came to mind: 1) Life has a way of presenting new/different opportunities to us; 2) And what do we do with these new options, do we ignore them out of fear and doubt; 3) Or do we step into the new world, determined to make it through with God’s help? 4) Years ago, I bought a book by Joyce Meyer called “Do It Afraid.” And while it was a very small book, it was a very influential book in my life – it helped me to move past obstacles in my life, even when I was afraid to, and I have never regretted “doing it afraid.”

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