I want to pursue this project, but I’m not fully sure if I should.
I’m thinking of going into this business, but I need to be 100% certain that this is what I should be doing.
Perhaps, I should relocate, but don’t I need to be absolutely convinced before I take a step?
Do any of these thoughts sound familiar?
Have you ever wanted to take a step or try something new but you hesitate because you’re not fully sure about doing it?
Typically, the more serious a decision or project is, the more sure we want to be that it is the right thing to do. That’s only natural.
So, let’s do a quick test: Think about a project, desire, relationship or other decision before you. How sure are you about it?
With 10% being an absolute ‘No, I don’t think I should be doing this at all’ and 100% being a resounding ‘Yes! I am fully convinced I should be doing this.’ Where do you fall?
More importantly, we should ask: For a decision to be a step in the right direction, where do we need to fall? A hundred percent? Ninety?
We all want to have a 100%. We want to be fully sure and certain and convinced that this is what we should be doing, that this is a relationship, business, career or idea that we should pursue. Of course, we want to be sure. So, we wait, and pray, and fast, and pray some more, and seek counsel, and research, and wait again, then pray again…. Just to up the percentage.
But do we really need to be fully, one hundred percent sure before we make a move? The answer is No.
While it’s great to be fully convinced, it doesn’t always work that way. Actually, it almost never work that way. We don’t have to have a hundred percent certainty about a decision or project before we take a step in its direction. As long as there are no red flags, what we need is a decent measure of certainty, say 60 or 70 per cent. Some people even go with less than that.
Many times, the answers to our lingering questions don’t come until after we have begun treading the waters softly. The conviction and absolute certainty we want comes after we have taken a step of faith.
It’s almost as if God gives us a down payment of a lower percentage of certainty. Rather than show us the entire journey, He gives enough light for the steps just ahead of us. And that’s usually enough to get us started. This way, we can walk with Him in faith and trust. If we had a hundred percent certainty at the very beginning, where’s the faith in that? What’s more, where’s the humanity in that? Having the full picture of the entire situation at every point in time is the prerogative of God.
So, we can take our 60 or 70 percent and run with it. We’re good since we’re running with Him anyway. We’re covered.