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Are You a “Water Walker” or a “Boat Dweller”

Posted on: 7-15-112012

I am currently reading a book by Joyce Meyer entitled “I Dare You…Embrace Life with Passion”.  The theme of the book is basically to get up and get busy living.  She shares a lot about finding your passion and then diligently doing something about that passion. She writes about living with purpose, instead of just surviving.  John 10:10 tells us that Jesus came to give us life and to give it to us abundantly (paraphrase).  Let those words sink into your heart and mind.  He did not just come so that we could live a dull, boring life, just existing from one day to the next.  He came so that we could live a life that is full of adventure and excitement…a life that causes us to get up in the morning with great expectations of what He’s going to do in us and through us that day.  She speaks a lot about the stagnant live we create for ourselves when we do not passionately pursue what God divinely purposed for us.  And just as stagnant water starts to have a stench and becomes unhealthy to drink, stagnant lives also start to smell and become unhealthy.  She speaks in the book about being a “water walker”.  A “water walker” is someone who steps out of the proverbial “boat” they’re in to walk on water, much as Peter did in the Bible.  Stepping out of the boat is a very scary thing to do and can take a mountain of courage.  If we reason with ourselves long enough, we’ll probably talk ourselves into staying in the boat.  After all, we’re already there…and it may be a scary place to be, but at least it’s a scary place that we’re familiar with.  If we step out of the boat to walk on water, it’s scary AND we don’t know much about it.  What we fail to remember is that it’s only by stepping out of the boat to walk on water that gets us to Jesus.  By stepping out of the boat, Peter was able to walk on water…something the other disciples did not get to do!  Sure, he took his eyes off of Jesus and sank, but he still got to take those few steps that defied all the rules!  And when he sank, he was rescued by His Savior.  We have to make a decision as to whether we’re going to sit in our boat and do nothing or if we’re going to step out in faith and walk on water.  Face it…we know we’re going to sink at times, just as Peter did…but wouldn’t it be worth it to take those few steps on water and do something that maybe no one else has ever done or will ever do?  And isn’t the fear of sinking lessened by knowing that when we do sink, we have a Savior who will reach out His hand and rescue us?  Are you going to be a “water walker” or a “boat dweller”?

“Our fathers trusted in You; they trusted, and You saved them, they called to You for help and were rescued; they trusted You and were not disappointed.”  Psalm 22:4 – 5

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