Jump In

JUMP INI write this post while on vacation in Orlando, FL. We are staying with my family in a resort. This has been a super relaxing vacation. I have enjoyed hanging by the pool each day with my kids and wife. My daughter who is 3 years old loves the water. She has no fear at all. In fact, there are some pretty big slides where the “big kids” go, and she has wanted to do all of them. The problem is that the lifeguard does not let her ride in my lap. I figured that this policy would scare her away from going down the slide, but I was wrong. In fact, she goes up the steps and goes down the many slides with no fear. Her smile by the way going down the slide makes me overwhelmed with gratitude that she is mine! Okay, back to the story…how can a 3-year-old little girl go down these fairly big slides by herself into water that she cannot even swim in? It is because when she looks down at the top, she knows without a doubt that her dad is at the bottom, and I will catch her every time! When she is on the side of the pool, and jumps into water without the ability to swim she can do so without fear. Why? Because I am there to catch her every time!

This has really got me thinking. Recently, my family packed up and moved to Jacksonville, FL to start another campus of Trinity Baptist Church. We went from where we were comfortable to something totally out of our comfort zone. We stepped out on faith. This was difficult, but we were looking (if you would) down the road knowing that God was there, and would take care of us. We were just responsible for jumping in. You know how much more would be done for Jesus if we would stop with the fear, and replace it with trust. What does He want you to do that requires you to jump in not knowing the outcome or how things will go? It might even make you feel uncomfortable, but remember He is always down the slide of life waiting to catch you when you jump in!

Published by Josh Evans

Josh is the connections pastor of the Oakleaf campus of Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL. Before that, Josh had been a mentor and pastor to students for 10 years. Josh is passionate about empowering church leaders to make a difference. Josh and his wife Abby have two children. You can connect further with Josh on this blog or send him a direct email at joshhevans@gmail.com.

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