(2Co 5:7 KJV) (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)How do we put that together with the challenge to grow?
(Php 2:12 KJV) Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.Both were written by the Apostle Paul. Both are important. There is a time to rest and a time to push.
My problem is knowing when I am to push and when I am to rest. There are times when we are to march forward boldly and assert ourselves, other times we are to settle back and wait.
Is it just a matter of opportunity and ability? Am I supposed to work in the areas that offer success and withdraw if I can only fail? I know some people with strong dominant personalities who are always pushing in where angels fear to tread. I have a hard time believing that they are always right to push ahead.
On the other hand I tend to lack confidence. My tendency is to draw back and wait. Am I just being a coward? Should I push forward more and risk failure? Is that living by faith or is faith a matter of quietly enduring?
Until I have a better answer I will keep quoting the prayer attributed to Reinhold Niebuhr.
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,homo unius libri
The courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.