Another Blog? Honestly, I don’t know how I get myself into these situations.
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This month our church is moving onto step 2: Relying on Something Greater than Yourself.
That “something” for us, is God.
Throughout the month of January as I struggled through the concept of “vulnerability”, I came to realize that I simply couldn’t let down my walls without help. Even when I want to, I always seem to find another wall beneath the one I’ve just taken down. I started to wonder, am I just incapable? Is this endeavor that I’ve chosen to embark on, an impossible feat to accomplish? I felt like the life embodiment of one of those Russian dolls. Then one day, I was sitting in a pew listening to Shawn preach and he said something that was so profound to me, that I think about it almost every day. He said something to the effect of, “Do you trust God enough to believe that you’ll be okay no matter the results or the outcome of the risk?”
Even writing it makes me a little emotional. When God asks me to jump, I realized that my usual response is, “Sure! I’ll jump if you catch me!” My “yes” to the Lord has always been conditional. It’s that belief that I will do as He says but only if I can come out unscathed. What a hilarious thought process when confronted with the fact that every single one of Christ’s twelve disciples suffered. This path is not for the faint of heart. It isn’t for those who desire to be nothing but comfortable. This path is impossible to walk without growth. I would even go as bold to say if you are not growing in your faith, you are dying. There is no such thing as “arriving” in the Christian faith. We never have all the right answers. Most of the time we don’t even know the right questions to ask. So how then do we navigate life?
The answer is simple, but the action is not. We must rely entirely on God. That means if He says jump, we don’t ask what’s at the bottom. If we don’t jump, we just stand on the edge of that cliff forever wondering what would have happened if we had just trusted and took the leap? Risk is a part of this faith. Growth is inevitable if you just say “yes”.
“A Leap of Faith” isn’t just a cliche. It’s a command. It’s a lifestyle.
What do you need to say “yes” to today? Will you jump or will you wonder?