Are You In or Out?

Author Note: Thank you to my friends at Hope for Haiti. Also to my folks who trained me in the way I should go. Their baptism is the basis of this story.
“’Lord, if it’s you,’ Peter replied, ‘tell me to come to you on the water.’ ‘Come,’ he said.”
Matthew 14:28-29a
See the boat in the background? Sometimes the background subtly reminds us of our priorities or passions. It’s like when a tragic accident happens. We’re reminded of the importance of life, or basic physical abilities, or something that was floating in the background, unseen in daily life.
The focus of this picture is a baptism service. While at the baptism, no one noticed the boat. After seeing the pictures, it became a reminder. The background, now the focus, taught each person in the picture a lesson.
The boat is empty.
Someone got out of the boat.
Just as in baptism, getting out of the boat requires courage and opportunity.
What is your boat? What do you need to get out of? Perhaps it’s complacency, or maybe it’s fear. John Ortberg notes in his book, If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat that “Peter didn’t as for a guarantee, just an opportunity.” Hope for Haiti provides opportunities that best match your skills, priorities, and passions. We’re reminded of the things we take for granted, always running in the background. Who doesn’t have the guarantee of another opportunity for life? Who doesn’t have the basic physical ability to function? What is unseen in your daily life that can remind you to be courageous? It’s time to take a step. It’s time to get out of the boat.

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  1. Hi Mollie=) Just wanted to give you a heads up that Monday I’m running a post that nominates you for the Sunshine Blogger award. I always find your posts very thought provoking and encouraging and this award definitely fits=)


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