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Getting Out of the Boat

If you want to walk on water, you've got to get out of the boat.    I just love that sentence, which is also the title of a book by John Ortberg. Simple but to the point, is it not?  But what if we don't want to walk on the water?  What if we like the boats we are in?  What if we don't like the boats we are in, but like staying in that boat because it is familiar?

As I write this, I smile as I think about how easy it is has been for me to encourage others to step out of their comfort zones to take steps in their journey of service for God.  It is a joy to me to watch someone take a step of faith to do something for God that is a stretch for them.  As I think about this, I realize that I've rarely had someone to push me to do the same. I've always been a self-motivated person who likes to try new things and to find ways to get better at what I am currently decent at.   But the bad thing about being self-motivated is that rarely does someone challenge you to step out of your own boat.  I've been there, until now...You see, finally, God has seen me fit to give me someone to finally challenge me to get of my boat.  And what a blessing she has been.  :)  God must have something planned.  I'll keep you posted.

So my challenge today is this.  To step out of my "boat' and accept the new and exciting things I believe God is calling me to do.  Calling.  More like invading my mind with the ideas.  To accept that God has made me a certain way for a certain time to influence certain people.  We are all in this boat, aren't we?  It is a scary thing to be challenged and then feel accountable to someone else for that challenge.  Yes it is scary, but a good feeling nonetheless.  Who knows, if we step out of the boat, we may just like where we are going!

Things to think about:

1) When was the last time you intentionally did something that was a stretch for you personally?

2) When examining the place you are in your life right now, do you see an area where you can take a step of faith forward?

3) When you see an opportunity to step out of your boat, what holds you back?