You will not find any mention (after this first sentence) of New Year’s Resolutions in this blog. Those promises we make to ourselves to embrace new beginnings with a new year are a waste of time. When you’re ready to jump, the water will be there. Lisa Kudrow said, “I don’t make any resolutions. I don’t like disappointing myself.” It’s clearly your choice and, while everyone has great intentions, ‘ya gotta wanna’ as we used to say in old swim team days.
“You can live on bland food so as to avoid an ulcer, drink no tea, coffee or other stimulants in the name of health, go to bed early, stay away from night life, avoid all controversial subjects so as never to give offense, mind your own business, avoid involvement in other people’s problems, spend money only on necessities and save all you can. You can still break your neck in the bath tub, and it will serve you right!”
Author Eileen Guder speaks plainly here. There is NOTHING to be gained by living a life of avoidance. I equate Guider’s sentiment with wanting to own a pet but refusing to adopt one so as to avoid the pain and suffering caused when the pet dies. If you insist upon being protected and stubbornly cling to avoidance and security to safeguard your feelings and your heart, you forfeit joy. Imagine an existence without love, accomplishment and the lifetime of work you are called to do. Who in their right mind would postpone joy? See Risky (is good) Business, Just DO IT!, and The Cure for Fear.
Similarly, when you’re called to the plate in tough times, when the storm rages, when you’re asked to step up to a task or challenge, it WILL involve crisis, opportunity, failure, fear, suffering and realization that the task just might be bigger than you’re capable of. That’s what stepping out in faith is all about. “Inaction due to fear of failure is failure, ” Richard Paul Evans.
You can’t be who you are, where you are until you’ve been who you were where you were! As you look into a new year, I urge you to GET OUT OF THE BOAT and WALK ON WATER! Leaps of faith involve healthy doses of risk, fear and guts, but after you’ve actually taken the plunge (you WILL actually slip beneath the surface from time to time), you will KNOW you are living.
Favorite blogger, Seth Godin posted this recently: How deep is this water?
“If it’s over your head, does it really matter?
At some point, when the stakes are high enough and your skills and desires are ready, you will swim.
And when you swim, who cares how deep the water is?
[You might find that deeper water is actually calmer and easier to swim in…]”
What WATER WALKERS do you know? Are YOU one? This is not the time to seek the security of the boat, bundle up, hunker down and commit to weathering the storm. “If you’re not facing any challenges too big for you, if it has been a while since you have felt scared, there’s a real good chance that you’ve been sitting in a chair too long,” John Ortberg. I love John Ortberg.
It’s time to get up and get going. GET OUT OF THE BOAT and WALK ON WATER. Jump on in! The water is fine and there’s not a greater feeling in the world.
~From the desk of Becky Morlok~
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