There’s more than one boat.

Marc’s been talking about “walking on water” (getting outside our comfort zone in terms of our lives and our gifts) on his blog and there’s a good deal of discussion resulting.  My question is who decides what’s the boat and what’s the water?  I might be walking on metaphorical water in areas that people aren’t even aware of — to them I might be afraid in the boat.  And yet others might look like they’re walking on water, but to them they’re stuck in the same old boat they’ve been in for years.  Who decides?  And if it’s just up to ourselves to determine, how we do encourage growth and courage in other people?  I just keep thinking that “to everything there is a season”.  I’m finding that my time of growth in certain areas is ending.  I see other people going through the same thought processes I’ve been in for a few years, but I’m not as confused about it anymore.  And that’s really neat to me.  It means I’m probably walking on the water… on my way to the next boat.  And in due time I’ll get out of that boat too.  So, does the analogy break down when my life, in all of the different aspects of me, becomes several bodies of water I’m walking on and several boats I’m trying to get out of?  But maybe the point is that I’m trying to get out of the boat.  And the other point… well, that everyone’s boat and water is different.  Confused, yet?

Posted in Life & Faith | 5 Comments

5 Responses to There’s more than one boat.

  1. Darren says:

    Well said Dix! Way better than that “other” blog! 😉

    Mel and I were talking about this the other night. You might choose to step out of your comfort zone (the boat), but in time, that area of discomfort ceases to be uncomfortable, and you have in fact moved the boat. I think we are challenged by God to “step out in faith”, but I think that challenge is between you and God, and no one else can define it for you.

    Ironically, you thought this post was confusing!

  2. Ang says:

    Man!!! I hate it when you make me think at 11:00 at night!!! This was a great post, Dix and I think you are right…who does decide? I remember, as a rebellious teenager, saying “who’s idea of normal are you comparing me to? Because to me I am completely normal and you, my friend are a tad strange.”…

  3. Andrew says:

    Good point. What boat? whose water?

  4. Randall says:

    Yup and Amen.

    The invitation to faith always comes from the Father who alone knows our body of water, and our sailing vessel. Yes, sometimes he uses others to communicate his call to faith to us, but usually the call is taylor made to our present need.

    Just get up and go out to where you see Jesus at.

  5. heather says:

    surprisingly made more sense than i know what to do with.

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