I love Peter's experience of walking on the roaring sea with Jesus. But the thing is, Peter's story is often misunderstood. Do you have a step you need to take?
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Dare to do more than just survive, step out and thrive!
Sure, it sounds so easy on the surface. The voice in your head cheers you on as your “inner-Peter” grabs the courage to dangle your bare foot out of your comfortable boat. The Rocky theme song blasts through your ears as your heart begins to beat to the rhythm “I think I can…I think I can…” All seems right in the world until…
Reality kicks in.
God tells you to talk to a complete stranger and they look at you as if you have three heads.
You teach your kids the right words to say but at school they recall the wrong word at (you guessed it) the wrong time.
A week after the tithe check is made with confidence, the monstrous doctor bill comes in and the insurance seems nonresistant.
Or what about if we dare to dive into the more personal…
Forgiving the person in your life that holds you in bondage.
Allowing yourself to receive the forgiveness Christ has given you.
Allowing God to hold you as you fall apart, even if everything inside of you believes you need to hold it altogether.
Walking on water is not easy.
It is not planned.
It’s not safe nor does it look like the normal, everyday occurrence.
But as Peter knows, once you walk on water, there is no going back to normal. Once you experience God holding you up and working through your life, why would you want anything less? It’s just taking that first, completely out of comfort, first step.
That first step is always the hardest.
But reality is, when God nudges us to take action, we rarely move without hesitation. In fact, as you sit there right now reading my words, I can almost guarantee your mind is focused on a step you have been waiting to take…but you find yourself delayed. You may be delayed but you are definitely not alone.
A few months ago I asked my Facebook community the following question “When God nudges you to do something, what prevents you from following through?” Read real answers from real thrivers just like you below.
The responses I received were so transparent. I wonder if you can see yourself in any of their answers:
• It could be doubt that it’s really from God. Doubt about my ability. Doubt about having time to do it. -Johanna
• The question always comes to my mind of “What if it is the devil disguised as God giving the nudging?” I often have a difficult time with that discernment. -Brad
• For me.. its that I question myself.. I know God can do anything and will be with me in all things, but I doubt why God would want to use me and why He would take notice of one such as me. -Joy
• The most common hold up is that since He usually tells me to do something outside of my comfort zone, it’s easy to rationalize my way out of it and tell myself “that was just my own imagination”. I am now beginning to enjoy getting in over my head (and my wife as well) in looking forward to seeing God step in and make the mess work out and the impossible real. -Dave
• Confusion about whether it’s from God or just my own idea. I’m actually struggling with something right now and wondering if I waited too long to move on it…. -Crissi
• Wondering if it was really God speaking to little ole me – or is it my own idea. Then if it is really God, I’m sure I won’t do it right. -Sarah
• Doubt if I heard Him right or if it is my own idea. Fear of messing it up. Or uncertainty of what step to actually take. -Nikki
• Trying to plan it out step by step instead of just taking the first baby step in faith. I make it too overwhelming, then I realize I need to just take the first step. -Cathie
• Laziness or stubbornness -Susan
• Me time. I always complain about, “God I don’t want to do that because that takes away from my private time.” Or I’ll do things but with a complaint in my heart and usually on my lips. -Katie
• My pride or my own time table stops me. For some reason, I feel I feel I need to finish what I was doing instead of dropping everything. -Karen D.
• Priorities – mine before His. -Karen S.
• Feeling that others are not worthy of my efforts like Jonah. I have refused to go to Nineveh more than once. I didn’t end up in the belly of a big fish but God did get His way. Pride? -Regina
• Second guessing why I should do it, and not knowing at the time it was God speaking to me. -Karen N.
• Mine is definitely fear!! Fear of the unknown. I like to know what I am getting myself into. I am also afraid of looking stupid like maybe I won’t do it right. -Tanya
• Fear and doubt that I’m not good enough or what others think. -Tahwana
• Fear and lack of faith. -Carol
• Fear of rejection or failure. -Amber
• Fear of failing. Did I really hear him ask me to do that? What if no one reads my work? I let my pain limit me. -Diana
• Fear of looking foolish or failing. -Kristin
• Fear of what could happen, fear I didn’t hear God correctly. Not wanting to be uncomfortable–laziness. When I step out and it’s hard or I fail, doubting that He’s a good Father-That one is hard to admit. -Jessica
• Doubt and fear……was that really from God ? What if I fail? No God would call her to do that not me. Then worry and guilt set in. I should of done that. Why didn’t I do that? God can’t use someone He doesn’t trust. It is a crazy and vicious circle that keeps me bound. -Melanie
I can relate to each and every comment here and friends, I know you can too. Can we finally get the lie out of our heads that we are the only ones dealing with doubt, discernment, fear, insecurities, laziness and pride? Can we quit pretending that we are the only ones wondering if we are good enough or that God would even ask us to step out?
This cycle stops here.
God created you to walk on water with Him. But I know those first few trembling steps can be completely overwhelming (and I know you know that too).
In reading and praying over these responses, God confirmed the three needs I felt I needed to walk on water. They are also the same needs that so many of us thrivers hunger for each and every single day.
1. In order to walk on water, we need to fully recognize Who God is.
2. In order to walk on water, we need to believe we are who God says that we are.
3. In order to walk on water, we need to know deep within our being that we are never alone.
I spent many long months praying over these three needs and Step Out & Thrive Ministries.
I want this to be a place you can come and have these needs met through Christ on a continual basis.
I want to walk alongside of thrivers desperately longing to hear from God in a moment by moment conversation.
I want to walk alongside of thrivers who experience God’s extraordinary promises wreck their everyday expectations.
I want to walk alongside of thrivers who are daring, courageous and simply need others out there who understand.
You are one of those thrivers and I welcome you to this growing community. I’ll be breaking apart the three “needs” a bit more next week, but I wanted to let the words of my friends above speak to our hearts this week. This is us. These are our words. God is far from done with us yet! We are in this together.
Thank you so much to Tom Parochelli of The Design Shop for his work on the Step Out & Thrive Ministries logo. He walked this journey with me months ago while God was really speaking these needs to my heart. Tom bravely took the idea and made into an amazing visual. The most amazing part – a few days after we started the logo project the senior pastor of our church preached on (any guesses?)…yes, walking on water. When God moves, He provides. He confirms. He makes His presence known. Thank you Tom for walking this with me!
In the comments, share the one statement shared above that you relate the most to and why. Please thank my friends for sharing this week. It really takes a LOT of faith to share vulnerably in this way – but that’s exactly how we grow. If you have a story to share, please let me know!
Dare to do more than just survive, step out and thrive!
Hello and welcome to Step Out And Thrive Ministries! My name is Bethany Boring and I am proud to be called a child of God before any other title or role. I am a wife to Steve and a mom to 3 amazing boys. I enjoy writing for this Step Out And Thrive community and walking with you as we venture through the ups and downs of life together. I am an ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach (Christian Coach Institute Graduate), Motivational and Inspirational Speaker, mentor, Certified Human Behavioral Consultant (DISC Personality) and an author. As always - dare to do more than just survive, step out and thrive!