So many people, including myself, regularly come to places in our lives where we haven't been before. And when you're inexperienced in an area, your natural tendency is to move back into the familiar.
Fear always comes against us when we face new things. But if you think about it, everything you're doing right now is something that at one time you had never done before.
I often think of Joshua, a man who was given a huge task by God – one I'm sure he didn't feel ready for. Can you imagine how he felt when Moses died and God told him that he was going to take over and lead Israel into the Promised Land?
Fortunately, God knew Joshua was up to the task. In Joshua 1:6, the Lord commanded him: Be strong (confident) and of good courage, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.
That day, Joshua had a choice. He could step out in faith and watch the Lord do the impossible through him…or he could stay in his "safety zone" and never find out.
Instead of being afraid of new things, you and I ought to be excited about the new challenges and opportunities that God brings into our lives. Even when everybody else tells us it's impossible, if we will step out in faith like Joshua and follow God, He will give us the grace to go forward.