• Brett

Four Ways Your Doubts Take You Out

What has been the biggest stop sign in your life? What is it that has stopped you from being the person you want to be and living the life you want?

Can I humbly offer a suggestion? My guess is your doubts. Doubts are the giant stop signs of life. I know this because it happened to me.

The first half of my adulthood was spent hiding from a doubt. I was afraid to fail. That may not sound like a doubt issue but it is.

It was easy to see how it worked like a stop sign. I don’t know if the people around me saw it that way (they probably did) but I knew it stopped me from all kinds of things. I rarely took risks. If I wasn’t good at something, if I wasn’t sure I could succeed, I didn’t try.

Where is the doubt in that? The reason I didn’t try, the reason I feared failure, is because I doubted people would accept me or value me if I didn’t succeed.

The doubt was an emotion based insecurity fueling a fear stopping me time and again. I missed out on simple things like playing a sport to important things like deepening a relationship and even most critically, following Jesus.

Sad. Disappointing. Worst of all unnecessary.

So I would ask you again, what has been the biggest stop sign in your life? It matters. Your doubts can take you out.

Here are four ways doubts tricks us into stopping by convincing us:

1) We Can’t Eat the Last Bite. Sounds strange right? Doubts grow like weeds when we think there won’t be enough. Not enough time, money, food, or emotional capacity the doubts multiply. It is easy to fall into a scarcity mindset.

Doubts flourish and grow when we think there is not enough. This is why Philippians 4:19 reminds us “My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”