Have you been wanting to do something for a while, but just can't seem to get up the courage to do it? Or do you feel like you just aren't equipped to do the job? Maybe you are even doing something currently that has nothing to do with what you really want to do. I feel like this most days. The idea of possibly making a mistake or sticking out like a sore thumb in front of others makes me cringe. I don't want to embarrass myself even though no one will ever notice. What is it that compels people to move forward? I discovered one such way while reading about Nehemiah, the cup bearer for King Artaxerxes. He was just a servant when he first heard about the condition of his homeland. Somehow he had the courage to confront the king and ask him if he could go back to his home and rebuild. At first you would think it was the courageous act of asking the king that showed his perseverance, but no. I was more amazed by what happened when he was well into the work of building the walls of the city.
People in the surrounding area became angry that the walls were going up and gaps were being filled. Nehemiah stood firm and for what?
And I looked, and arose and said to the nobles, to the leaders, and to the rest of the people, "Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses."
And it happened, when our enemies heard that it was known to us, and that God had brought their plot to nothing, that all of us returned to the wall, everyone to his work. - Nehemiah 4:14-15
Sometimes it can be hard to face opposition or criticism. Even before we begin what we want to do, we fear the "attack." The thing is that we don't have to fear. We have God on our side. For a long time I had insecurities that kept me from really being a photographer. It prevented me from doing my best or noticing opportunities. Once I finally realized that God made me to be the person I am, I became fearless. Just this past weekend I was able to do a shoot without worrying what people thought of me or if they wondered if I knew what I was doing. I just went in and tackled the job which was the biggest family photo session I had ever done!
So don't give up. Don't assume that you have to hand in your bag of tricks just because you aren't like the next guy or can't do something perfectly at first try. One thing that I do now when in a shoot is to tackle one problem at a time, instead of analyzing the whole situation as a complete disaster. God gives us wisdom, gifts, and the desire to do good around us. We can do it!