Stop Waiting for It All to Make Sense

by Alece Ronzino on December 16, 2013

Alece Ronzino Stop Waiting For it All to Make Sense

One of the biggest myths of our generation is that we need clarity in order to commit.

Before we pull the trigger, we first want answers to all our questions. We want a complete road map. We want to read the fine print before we sign our lives away. We want confident periods not uncertain question marks. We want to fully know what we’re getting ourselves into. We want surety before we take a step. And until we get it, we wait…

And we blame our lack of commitment on a lack of clarity.

But it’s a myth that knowing more would make it easier to say yes. It’s a lie we tell ourselves so that we feel better about doing nothing.

If I knew all that awaited me when I boarded the plane for Africa at 19, I never would have gone. If I could’ve seen the roadmap of hills and deep, dark valleys, I would have stayed Stateside. If I could have imagined all the heartaches and challenges that I would have to endure in order to embrace the victories and successes, I would have cowered in the corner crying.

Details paralyze more than uncertainty does.

If we wait until we have it all spelled out, that’s no longer faith-driven commitment— that’s just executing a plan. Commitment must be laced with doubt and hesitation and mystery.

Commitment, in its truest form, demands ambiguity.

Think of Abraham. “Leave your country, your family, and your father’s home,” God said, “for a land that I will show you.”

Without even knowing where he was going or how he would get there, Abraham left.

Courageous commitment lined every footstep he left in the rugged soil, stepping away from the known into the land of the unknown.

What’s that thing scratching on the corner of your heart? What is that quiet nudge you continue to feel? What’s the passion that keeps rising to the surface? Whatever it is… Stop waiting for all the answers, for certainty, for assurances.

Commitment precedes clarity every single time.

So pull the trigger. Say yes. Jump off the cliff. Send that email. Start the conversation.

Take the step.

The courage lies in doing it afraid.

What is it for you?

What do you need to commit to?

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Alece HeadshotAlece Ronzino –  After pioneering and leading a nonprofit in South Africa for 13 years, Alece now lives in Nashville, TN. She is a Nonprofit Communications & Development Strategist, a freelance copywriter/editor, and the founder of One Word 365. She blogs occasionally but candidly about searching for God in the question marks of life and faith. Follow Alece on Twitter and visit her blog, Grit and Glory.

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About Alece Ronzino

After pioneering and leading a nonprofit in South Africa for 13 years, Alece now lives in Nashville, TN. She is a Nonprofit Communications & Development Strategist and the founder of OneWord365. She blogs (occasionally, but candidly) about searching for God in the question marks of life and faith. Connect with Alece on Twitter, Instagram, and her blog, Grit and Glory.
  • Erin Cook Szczerba

    Hi Alece! I’m so glad you wrote this. I need to hear that ambiguity is okay. My life feels chaotic and uncertain and weird right now. I have been reminding myself that I can trust the One unseen, not what is seen. He’s growing my faith and it’s very uncomfortable. I appreciate hearing from others who follow Him that it’s good to move forward even though the entire path is not lit.
    xo,
    Erin

    • I’m with you, Erin. It is so challenging for me to trust the Unseen One with all that is unseen in my own life…

  • Bubba

    Good post and important going into missions, thanks!

  • Lindsey Brunette

    Usually when you write it speaks to me, but this time I knew it was for my brother. I sent him the link and he called it “a powerful article.” That is high praise coming from a fairly aimless 25 year-old-man.

  • Bartek

    I couldn’t help to read your reference of Abraham, He “clearly” heard God speak.

    • He heard Him clearly speak but what He told him wasn’t clear (as in He didn’t give him the address of where he was headed). That always stands as a challenge for my own heart to discern if my hesitancy is because I’m not hearing Him clearly or because what I’m hearing isn’t as clear as I’d like it to be.

  • Wendy

    Thanks for sharing this!

  • Love this Alece!

    • Thanks, Kyle! I appreciate that you shared it on The Twitters, too!

  • Wow, this couldn’t have been more timely and perfect for me right now. I’m about to take a step of faith, and I have been struggling with uncertainty… to the point that I’m almost – as you said – paralyzed. Thank you for writing this. And God bless!

  • jennnahrstadt

    this was forwarded to me by a friend, and as i scrolled through and your picture emerged at the bottom of my screen, i was surprised and thrilled to see your “familiar” face! i recognize you from Gitz’s blog, and even though i never knew your last name, the picture and your bio confirm it is you!

    your words are timely for my situation, so i do not believe it to be a coincidence that my friend passed them along. i am in the beginning stages of writing a book about some experiences, and i’ve been a bit stymied by the immensity, the unknown of it all! your words are affirming and nudging. thanks. i’m off to check out G&G now!

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