When is the last time you took a leap of faith? You know, that blind jump, that first step onto unsure ground, that terrifying forward bound into no man’s land? Have you ever?
A leap of faith requires courage, trust and a confidence that you will land safely. The problem with this is that we don’t always possess that confidence, and we don’t always land completely unscathed. A leap of faith requires well, faith. Faith that you will arrive, exactly where you are supposed to be, exactly when you are supposed to.
You can live your entire life without taking one leap. The days can pass you by, safely, and you can spend your whole life wondering what could of been, from the comfortable security of doubt, the relative well-being of inactivity. You can be safe, you can feel sheltered in your predictability, and preserved in your unthreatened pace of life.
Or, you can be vulnerable. You can be susceptible to all the what-ifs, and the fear. The anxiety. And maybe that sounds dangerous, but that is because it is. Dangerously exhilarating, magically motivating, exceptionally empowering. A leap of faith can change the scope and the outcome of your entire life. For the better. For the improvement of yourself, others, and your faith. The leap strengthens you, broadens your horizons, expands your mind, strengthens your resolve and your determination. Each leap you take gets just a little bit easier, and each jump changes you forever, for the better.
Are you thinking about a leap? Are you afraid? Is it your first? Or your biggest? The scariest? Maybe you just need a little push. I’m feeling the urge to push, even if you feel like pushing back at first. I’m going to give you a little nudge off that high dive of life, and you can look down if you want to, but I suggest you just close your eyes and breathe. Close your eyes, and listen.
Whoever has ears, let them hear. – Matthew 11:15
You need to listen to your heart. To God. To that still quiet voice that is urging you to think about something new, something different. There is a purpose to this voice, a purpose to it all. Now, I’m not telling you that every little whim, that every little epiphany that pops into your head is meant to be acted upon, or carried out without careful consideration and prayer. I’m talking about those nagging little ideas buried in the darker recesses of your brain, hidden away, but still coming out to play at the most random of times. Those thoughts that excite you, trouble you, worry you. The thoughts that just pop in your head over and over, and then you find yourself turning on the radio and hearing a song that falls in tune with your exact thoughts. Or you try to tuck your thoughts away, only to read something that instantly brings those thoughts to focus again. You see little signs everywhere, and you almost wonder if you are going crazy. Trust me, you’re not. You just need to listen to what God is putting on your heart, and in your mind. Still yourself, be calm, and listen.
“Be still, and know that I am God;..” – Psalms 46:10
Visualize the thoughts, imagine the successful outcome, and pray your heart out. Trust that your desires and your ideas will come to fruition, and then take that leap! Then watch what faith does for you. The right ideas, along with sheer determination, coupled with the will of God, will move mountains, split seas, light your path, and guide you on the right course. The end of your leap may look different than the beginning, as God lines up the right people, the right resources and the right opportunities. You may just hover in the air for a while, you may even feel as if you’re falling, but hold on to that faith, and God will work everything out for your good, and for the good of others.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. – Romans 8:28
Do you have a calling? Let me answer that for you. You do. We all do. We all have a purpose, and we are all meant to fulfill it. Some of us just need to listen to our hearts, and get off our rumps and do something about it. You can not fulfill your purpose, or even find it for that matter, if you don’t try. That means you have to quit twiddling your thumbs, quit worrying, quit second guessing yourself, and jump into action. Nobody is going to do it for you, my friend. You may get lucky enough to get a nudge, a push or a shove, but you aren’t going forward without action. Faith filled action. Don’t just think about it, do it. Are you ready?
In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. – James 2:17
Are you scared? Are you nervous? How about excited? Are you ready to put your heart’s desires into action? Are you ready to get moving and put your faith to the test? Then ready, set, go! This is it, that push you’ve been waiting for, that sign you’ve been longing for. I feel this extreme need to tell you, that certain someone out there, that it is go time! So get up and go!
I’m on my journey towards my goal and purpose too. The path has been a little different than I imagined, and my steps have turned me in directions I never even fathomed, but I am getting there. I have been taught much, and have taught others just a little on the way. My faith has flourished, my heart has opened, and the wisdom God has bestowed upon me is growing as I search for His word, and study His words. So, come. Take a little trip with me, and start with a leap of faith. I will pray for your travels, and who knows? Maybe our paths will cross one day at the intersection of faith and trust.
As always, God bless you,
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The Lord gives strength to His people; the Lord blesses His people with peace. – Psalms 29:11
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. -Hebrews 11:1
For we live by faith, not by sight. – 2 Corinthians 5:7