Do we DARE?

Today’s word prompt from Kate Motaung is DARE. Join us for #FiveMinuteFriday every week when we write for the love of writing. No extreme editing, no over-thinking.

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Step out of the boat, Peter. Just put one foot over the side and you are halfway there. See? You are standing on the water! You can’t believe it is happening but here you are. The Master stands across the sea beckoning you to come. “Do not be afraid!” He calls. He invites you to come.

Taking the first step was amazing. The second? Unbelievable. I am walking on water!

But then? That old familiar feeling of doubt in our human abilities crept in and Peter began to sink.

Peter believed enough to get out of the boat but his faith wavered in the water.

We face so many challenges and difficulties in this journey called LIFE. Some are big, some not so much, but each one is monstrous in our eyes. It is OUR challenge, OUR trial.

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Do we dare take the risk when God is doing the nudging? Can we trust in the One who knows all things, sees all things, and created all things? Even us?

Do we dare to get out of the comfort zone and take a giant leap of faith knowing God’s in control?

Or will we remain glued to what we know best and never experience what Peter did when he took the couple of steps…literally walking on water!

So many heroes of faith DARED. Many of them gave their lives because they dared to be different, took risks and scaled the highest of mountains. They made a difference, some even turned their entire cities upside down.

What has God been nudging you to do? Have you been asking yourself the question, “Do I dare? Do I step out and trust God or do I stay where I am, always wondering about what could have been?”

Friend, the rewards are greater than the fear. Greater than the apprehension and the knot in your stomach. Do not worry about others…there will always be doubters and as one of My Three Sons says, “Haters gonna hate.”

THEY do not matter! But you do, and what you do for the Kingdom matters. You can be a trailblazer, one that sets your city, your world, on fire for God or you can stick with the status quo and never know whether you would have changed the course of history or saved one soul from eternity without God.

So, do you dare?

Stop.

 

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Can I take your order?

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Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.

Deliver me from the oppression of man: so will I keep thy precepts.

Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes. Psalms 119:133-135.

When I go out to eat with The Sweetheart, we will walk into a restaurant and say, “Table for two, please.” Then inevitably, one of us will head to the restroom to wash our hands. That leaves the other one at the table, alone, when the server comes to ask what we would like to drink.

I trust him to order for me when it comes to a Dr. Pepper or a Strawberry Lemonade.

But if I am not back when she comes asking about the main course….hold on Big Guy!

I don’t want him to order what I am going to eat. I might not feel like spaghetti that night. I might have preferred a steak and baked potato!

“Order my steps in your word…” Guide me, direct me, and put me on the right path.

Lord, you can go ahead and order for me!

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You can order whatever you think is best for my life. I will take it and accept it and run with it God as your will for my life. 

Do we trust Him enough to truly let Him have full control? To really let Him ORDER our steps? To say, “Okay, Lord, it’s in Your hands, do with it as you wish. I am just the clay, You are the Potter.” Then step back and let Him do the work. Wow.

Just imagine if we actually LIVED that way.

But to do that, a change will have to take place.

He isn’t going to order and guide our footsteps if we refuse to move our feet. WE have to be willing to get up off of our seat of do-nothing-and-do-little.

“Guide my path, Lord…but I will just sit right here and hope everything turns out alright. Let me know when You’re done.”

It doesn’t work that way. You have to be a vital part of the equation. He wants you to be involved in the process. You have to be out in the trenches! He does the choosing, but you are the recipient, so once He hands those items off the menu to you, then you must get up on your feet and run with it.

What has He given you? What has He chosen for you? Every one of us has a mission, every one of us has a chosen path, and our steps have been ordered by God.

He doesn’t want us to just sit there when the order comes through.

You have to be ready to move your feet!

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Houseboats, Safety Nets and Comfort Zones

Staying safe is easy but there are no rewards and there are no challenges.

Just like the quote in the picture, you can buy a big beautiful boat; keep it all shiny and attractive. People can come by the dock and admire it. They will want to touch it, ask if they can come aboard and see all of the knobs and gadgets. Run their fingers across the leather seats and reach up to brush against the sails. They will pummel you with all kinds of questions about boating and you would be proud to share your knowledge of the sea or lake.

Then they ask the inevitable, “How many times have you taken her out on the water? How does she handle during a storm? What is your favorite part of sailing?”

And standing there beaming, you reply, “Oh, I have never unleashed her from the dock! She has never left the port!”

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As proud as you are of her beauty, you are too afraid to take her from your comfort zone, too terrified to take that first step.

She is safe in the port, she won’t get scuffed up, her sails won’t get wet, her lines won’t get tangled, and the anchor won’t get stuck.

Never will you have to worry about a storm coming up. You are secure…at home…where she belongs.

Many times we are just like that sailor and his precious boat. We live in our sailboats (or houseboats), safety nets and comfort zones, all secure and tucked away, happy as clams as long as no one asks us to do anything that would rock our boat.

But is that any way to LIVE?

Furthermore, is that the way Jesus would have us to LIVE?

According to His Word, it is just the opposite.

He told Peter to “…feed my sheep…” John 21:17.
When He appeared to the eleven disciples, He admonished them to “…Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15.
Paul was walking on the Damascus road when He encountered Jesus and their conversation went something like this: “As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?’ ‘Who are you, Lord?’ Saul asked. ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’ he replied. ‘Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.’” Acts 9:3-6 NIV.

Does that mean we have to drop what we are doing, sell everything we have and go walk the streets shouting, “Jesus Saves”?

What it means is; where is your heart? Where is your desire? Are you hiding in your houseboat, behind your safety net and fluffy comfort zone? Praying that Jesus doesn’t come and require too much of you?

Friend, we have it so made in the shade!

I am preaching to myself when I say we need to step out of our little worlds and take a look around and see what we could be doing different to impact this literal creation that God has given us to care for. Living and breathing human beings that will spend eternity somewhere. We just might be the only Jesus they ever have a chance to come in contact with.

Let’s not leave Him at home in our houseboat.

Under our safety net.

Hidden in our comfort zone.

Get that boat out on the water!

Let’s take Him with us and share Him with our world.

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