Words by Rose Ennin
Have you ever been asked to complete a
task you didn’t think you would be able to
complete? An assignment that made you
think there was no way you could fulfil it?
I remember the feeling vividly. There were
times when I sat down to reflect on the
depth of my responsibilities and had to
admit I was in over my head. I did not think
it was something I could complete in the
time given or produce at the level of quality
that was expected.
In such moments, fear and anxiety began to
well up. The task filled my mind and seemed
to grow out of proportion with what it really
was — fear exaggerated my inadequacies.
The issue was not just about the task
anymore, but fear turned the situation into
a realization of
what I could not
As I read the
story of Moses, I
saw that he could
relate to how I felt.
He was given a task
(to lead the people of
Israel out of Egypt)
that from the outset
he did not think
he could complete.
“Pardon your servant,
Lord, I have never
neither in the past
nor since you have spoken to your servant.
I am slow of speech and tongue” (Exodus
There’s something similar in the story of
Solomon. He finds himself next in line to
the throne as King David’s son. His huge
task was to build a temple for the Lord and
govern the people of Israel.
Both Moses and Solomon had great tasks
or callings before them. However, one of
them complained and gave God excuses,
while the other went against his fear and
instead asked the Lord for a strategy to help
him accomplish the mission. Reading both
stories really challenged me to ask myself
how I am handling the tasks in front of me.
Do I sit and complain about why I am not fit
for the job? Or do I stop fear from growing
by asking God for
Fear has access
to enter into our
hearts when we
take our eyes off God and look to ourselves.
The fear of failure and rejection is a factor
that can hinder our ability to proceed with
confidence towards the very thing God has
called us to do. Fear causes us to be afraid of
messing up in such a way that it will cause
people to respond with rejection — just
the thought of it is enough to scare us from
But, in the words of Wayne Gretzky, “You
will always miss 100% of the shots that you
never take!” Fear causes us to miss out on
all the opportunities we have to go on a
journey of faith with God. The truth is that
sometimes the task is hard. Yet, if it is a
task you know God has given you, then it
is a mountain He is calling you to climb to
show others that it can be conquered. There
are far more significant things we lose by
yielding to fear than we prevent when we
abide in it.
If you are like me and still have tasks you
desire to accomplish before the end of
this year, then let’s ask God for strategy to
accomplish instead of giving excuses to get
out of it.
Fear has access to enter
into our hearts when we
take our eyes off God and
look to ourselves.
Influential book or album? The gospel duo MaryMary.
Their music, especially when they first came out really
shaped the early steps of my walk with God. Their songs
had positive and motivating messages with great beats
that made it to be “cool” to listen to Christian music as
a young teenager lol.