What is the One Thing You Would Do

Oct 27, 2011

What is the one thing you would do if you knew that you would not fail?

Yes, that’s a powerful question. It is one that I asked myself from time to time over the years. Fear of failing used to hold me back. Being conservative by nature I make changes carefully and slowly. But I have faced those moment when I had to choose. Would I dare to make a change? Maybe you are there right now.

For many years I taught first grade. I loved it. The children. Their sense of wonder. The excitement and energy they had. But long about my fifteenth year I began to feel restless. I was then writing and getting published regularly. I thirsted for something but at that time nothing seemed to make sense. I listened to my feelings and waited.

Life continued to happen. More changes. I adopted my little girl from Russia and I longed to be home with her more. I began taking courses in counseling. In the beginning I studied using videos. Then I applied and was accepted into the University of Virginia. With each course I took I began to sense that that was what I would like to do. But I still battled the fear of failing. What if I didn’t make it?   

I learned that I could not think negatively and move forward. I had to choose one or the other. I sought the Lord in prayer and laid it all out to Him. Once more I sensed that I was to be a counselor.

But it was six more years until I was finally able to open my own office. Six years of hard work believing that somehow with God’s help, I could.

So what would you like to do?

What burns in your heart?

Listen to how your heart answers that question. Just maybe……


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