So after yesterday's post, I was expecting to share some exciting discussion from my Crazy Love group last night. Nope. The truth is, stepping out on faith is scary... for everyone. When asked the question, "if you had unlimited faith, unlimited resources, and unlimited support what would you do?" the group drew a blank. Sure we thought of some broad things like travelling the world to personally end hunger or to intercede in some conflict to bring about peace. But we were unable to come up with something that we, as Joe Shmoe Christians, could practically do right now.
My brother in law was in town this weekend, and we all got together for dinner Saturday night. He was telling us about his one time trying out skydiving. He said it wasn't that scary; he was confident because of all the practice and prep that came before. But when he was on the plane, and the person in front of him jumped out of an open door into nothing, he was paralyzed. It's not the jump that scares you, it's the anticipation right before.
The big adventures in faith are like that. Once we step out, we realize it's not that bad. But thinking about it ahead of time. Praying about it. Planning it. We can psyche ourselves out before we ever take that first step if we're not careful. That's why it was so easy to make excuses when confronted to follow Jesus.
As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
He said to another man, “Follow me.”
But the man replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”
Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good-by to my family.”
Jesus replied, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:57-62)
Peter, on the other hand, didn't think ahead. When he saw Jesus walking on water he stepped right out. It was when he started thinking about it that he began to sink. (Matthew 14:22-36)
I guess the moral of the story is don't think! Actually, I'm curious: has there ever been anything you've wanted to do that you talked yourself out of because you thought too much about it?
And since I couldn't get this song out of my head when I heard the topic for this carnival (and it helps that I have two small children) here for your viewing pleasure is some Sesame Street:
This entry is part of a Blog Carnival hosted by Peter Pollock. This week's topic is "adventure". Be sure to visit the carnival and check out all the other posts!