The weather has been all over the place lately. Sometimes it’s in the 80s, then it’ll drop down to the 50s without so much as a warning! Today, it is both rainy and warm, but a few days ago, the chilly wind had me looking for my socks, because, honestly, life is just too short to have cold feet.
I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately: not just in relation to my freezing toes, but also to the choices we make every day. Too often, I find myself with “cold feet” when it comes to jumping out of my comfort zone. Anyone else? When you see someone in need of a ride, do you offer your car or do you have cold feet? When it comes to the coworker, family member or friend who is struggling, do you reach out with kindness or develop cold feet? What about inviting someone to church or telling them about the immense love and grace found in Christ? Do you jump into a scary conversation or do you let your cold feet hold you back?
Maybe cold feet isn’t just fear; maybe it’s busyness or apathy or shame that holds us back from being the people we are called to be. I know I’ve let all of those things stop me in various ways. Think of what we lose out on when we do that, though! Think of the opportunities, conversations and relationships we say “no” to before they’re even given a chance! I truly believe that God doesn’t withhold good things from His children (that’s us!) but sometimes I think the coldness in our hearts, prayers and actions stop us from receiving them.
Today, I am grateful for all those who don’t let cold feet hold them back from being the people they are called to be. Esther, in the Bible, showed fearlessness when she stuck up for justice at the risk of her life. David didn’t let cold feet stop him from defeating Goliath, and his prophet, Nathan, didn’t let cold feet stop him from calling out his friend on his sin. Ultimately, Jesus didn’t let cold feet stop Him from dying on the cross to give us an abundant, glorious and full life in Him.
Friends, life is too short for cold feet. Life is too precious for us to let fear, shame, or any distraction stop us from following Jesus’ example boldly and passionately. We are told time and time again to not fear. Jesus tells us in Matthew 6 not to worry about what we will eat, drink or wear because we can trust in God and His provision. Rather than worrying or letting fear hold us back, we are to “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
We are learning this every day here in the 603. We continue to be given opportunities to jump first into intimidating situations, and not let cold feet hold us back. Whether it is speaking at youth group, preaching, heading to Texas to do disaster relief, inviting new friends to church (or even just making new friends!) or helping lead a food pantry, both of us are being stretched outside of our comfort zone. When I’m tempted to say no because of fear or apathy, God is gently reminding me that life is too short for cold feet.
Today, I want to encourage you to say no to cold feet with me! Put on a pair of warm socks if you need to, surround yourself with the Word of God and let’s head out of our comfort zones, together.
As always, you are welcome to leave a comment or shoot as an email with a story or prayer request of your own. We love you so much!