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It’s foolish to rush ahead before counting the cost. And we invite much disappointment and harm when we attempt life unprepared. But it’s also true we must often start down many roads before we feel ready.

To be sure, there’s great wisdom in taking our time, doing our due diligence, and thoughtfully preparing for the road ahead.

All too often we let fleeting emotions drive the show and we soon regret the decisions we’ve made.

But fear can also hold us back from even getting started. We fear not having what it takes and making a mistake.

It’s here we must choose to be brave.

Bravery is not foolishly rushing ahead. Nor is it holding back when it’s time to move forward.

Bravery is doing what needs to be done even before we feel we’re ready. It’s the courage to act even in the face of uncertainty.

For example, we might not feel like we’re ready to offer our gifts to the world. And certainly it’s wise to submit to a season or two of training and maturing. At the same time, there comes a point in which we must simply and courageously start offering ourselves.

The journey prepares us and we never get there if we stay stuck waiting on being ready before we start.

The same is true with marriage and having those tough conversations with our kids. While there’s a lot of reading and learning we can do beforehand, we must still often dive in before we feel like we’re ready.

In many ways, this is our practice of faith – trusting God enough to move forward and not relying on our own strength and understanding.

Do your due diligence to prepare as best you can. And be brave in faithfully doing what’s needed even before you feel ready.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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