Early in my life I developed a go-first philosophy that has served me well. Young boys do careless things, but when their actions aren’t too absurd like jumping off a high dive or swinging on a rope, I learned you just have to get it over with. The more you think about it, the more you want to get out of doing it. We can learn to trust God and immediately cross the chasm of fear.
The benefits of this philosophy was solidified in high school when I ended up being the first student in my class to present their science project. No one wanted to go first; everyone wanted more time to prepare. But going first ended up being a blessing! I presented the first week and I didn’t think it was very good, but I got an “A”! As a result of going first, I received a great deal of grace from my teacher and I also felt at peace because I already completed the task and could relax when the other students presented.
Friend, “eat the frog” is what we call it! Mark Twain said, “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.” “Eating a frog” or doing something you’re afraid of is hard, but it’s best to just get it over with. Going first is the best course of action. Don’t worry about the what-ifs. Just get your goal accomplished. You have the choice to take action, so allow God to assist you as you move forward. We have God’s help to put our fears aside and go first. You’ll be glad you did.