Something struck me today in my oral communication in spanish class today. My professor said, "Your biggest obstacle in fluency is worrying about your mistakes", or something to that effect. It made me stop and just think for a minute. Obviously, he was talking about speaking Spanish, but can't that apply to something bigger? If you replace 'fluency' with 'fluidity', it very well could be. Fluency might even still work. People want their lives to run smoothly, right? They don't want to have to deal with hard situations. I hear ya, I've been there! We all make mistakes in life. It's inevitable. If you haven't made multiple errors in your life, big or small, then you aren't human (and I'd like to know where you come from). I make mistakes with the things I say sometimes, the things I think, the things I do, and the things I intend to do. So, basically, everything at one time or another. That said, what hinders us from moving forward? Usually fear. Fear of what? Fear of failure, of unwanted power, of leadership, of letting people down, of making a mistake. So, we don't do it. That prevents us from moving forward. So, I'd just like to reinterate:
Your biggest obstacle in progressing with anything is worrying about your mistakes.
This can apply to almost anything. The message I heard on Sunday at church was based on living out our faith, not just believing it. Telling someone about Christ - how scary is that?! It can be, unless you've done it before - it gets less intimidating. We are afraid of saying something wrong, of giving the wrong impression, about not being knowledgable enough...we are afraid of mistakes. Through actions, instead of letting someone else take the leadership role, why don't we? We are afraid of being an incompetent leader, of making a mistake. We tiptoe around these opportunities and justify doing so by saying we aren't made to do it. Why not? Why don't you take the risk and stop worrying about the mistakes you're going to make? It's inevitable, right? Take it as a learning experience, take it as a growing experience. And laugh at those silly mistakes that we all make. It prompts an aura of relaxation and capability; only then can we move forward and gain the fluency/fluidity/experience we desire.
"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."
-2 Timothy 3:16-17