With any transition, feelings of loss or fear can start to overwhelm us. When we face the unknown, sometimes the desire to reach back to our comfort zone can be very appealing. And that is the importance of the big WHY.
The big WHY – Why am I doing this? Why is this important right now? Why am I equipped for this?
There is always a sense of the unknown with any new season in life. Here is my confession: Throughout this process of leaving my former job, sometimes I have a moment of panic and think “what the heck am I doing?” All of the things around me – my beautiful office, my fun coworkers, my great work hours – are so real and tangible. My job has been great. But my new season - I can’t see it yet. Nothing is tangible, nothing is real. Not yet.
Have you ever noticed, whenever we face the unknown, our brains so easily start imagining the worst? What if _____________ happens? What if I can’t do this? What if I’m not ______________ enough for this? What if I fail? What if they think _____________? (Yes, fill in the blanks for your own situation). And before we know it, our imagination has been hijacked by worry.
When we let the “what ifs” run wild, they actually take over our lives. They become so loud in our heads, that all other voices fade. Then we hunker down and play it safe and stay in our comfort zone. Or we convince ourselves maybe this is not worth it anyway.
I am learning that is the power of the big WHY. I wrote mine down and I revisit it often. When the doubts creep in or the road just feels too steep, I remind myself of why I started this in the first place. I remind myself of why I am equipped and capable of this. And I remind myself that God is with me, He is for me, and His power will make up for anything I lack.
And then I reclaim my imagination for the good. I intentionally imagine all the great things that may come of this. I intentionally imagine the wonderful people I will have the privilege to coach. I intentionally imagine the fun retreats I will lead in the mountains. Intentional imagination is a powerful thing.
I love this bible verse and remind myself of it often: “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we could ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us…” Ephesians 3:20
What is your big WHY for your season of life?