Doing something for the first time can be frightening. It does not matter how big or small the something might be, heart rate still increases. Dry mouth, sweaty palms and tummy butterflies do not care about the importance of the first time situation. When Mr. Nervous calls, they are on their way. Why is the first time so scary? It is because of the unknown. We have never been down this road. We are entering into uncharted waters. We don’t know what’s around the corner, and I could go on. Not knowing something takes our stability away. It makes us feel incomplete. When we feel incomplete we think others can see it, and that is when fear sets in.
Attempting something for the first time will always have its challenges, but it does not have to be frightening. Yes, there are things unknown when we take on a new task, or go somewhere we have never been. It does not mean we have lost all knowledge. In fact, new experiences bring new knowledge. We add to our knowledge with new involvements, and that should excite us. Try to imagine never experiencing anything new. How boring would that be? Jesus says in John 10:10, “I have come that they (His sheep) may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. How can anyone have an abundant life without new experiences? That is an easy answer, we can’t. Jesus wants us to experiences new things, new places, and especially new people. He does not want us to go into these experiences with fear. Instead of entering into something new with fear of the unknown, try focusing on the things known. Starting a new job? Sure there are going to be things you don’t know, but I bet you know more about the job than you realize. Why do you think you were hired, because of what you don’t know? No, you were hired for what you already know. And it is like that with all new situations. We carry in more knowledge than we realize. We go in ahead of the game. So I ask again, “Why is the first time so scary?” “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. That is the first half of John 10:10. Satan wants to take away the abundance of new experiences. He wants to substitute fear of the unknown in the place of excitement for new knowledge. He wants to steal any form of joy you may gain in life. Always remember, if you are a child of God, you have the power of Jesus’s Holy Spirit in you, and He has overcome the entire world. Knowing Jesus gives us the power to defeat fear in all situations. So hold your hands up and flex, show the power that is within you!!