Night was falling over Alabama as we pushed back from the gate at the Birmingham airport. As we began to accelerate down the runway, I realized it took a lot of confidence to fly. You only really have one shot at taking off. When you’re speeding toward the end of the runway, your only choices are to fly or to crash.

As we ascended into the night sky, I realized that I often lack the confidence that is needed to charge down the runway at full speed. I prefer to take things slower, so I can stop and turn around if needed. The only problem is, if I’m not moving fast enough, it’s impossible to take flight.

When God calls us to something, it’s important that we say “yes” before we arrive at the airport. We can’t take the time to count the cost at the gate, because there’s always someone else that needs to use it after us. We can’t waste time sitting on the runway, because there are others that need to take flight as well.

We have to make up our minds, show up, and go for it—no turning back. Because you never know, we may only have one shot at this thing; we may only have one chance to fly.

Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. ~ Hebrews 10:35 ESV

Jared Stump
Jared Stump is a twenty-something freelance writer who is passionate about the Kingdom of God, the local church, and helping people discover who they were created and redeemed to be. He is a part-time writer, editor, and consultant, and a full-time child of the King. Jared lives on the road, and occasionally in Pennsylvania.