What does it mean to have faith? What does it mean to live the life God calls us to? It means living a life of GREATNESS, and stepping out of our comfort zones to go out onto the water that Jesus calls us to. It means to trust as we jump into the unknown. In Hebrews, St.Paul describes that “to have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see” (Hebrews 11:1).
Do you remember when Jesus called Peter to come out of the boat and walk on water to him? Peter jumped out and started walking, but the minute he turned his focus to the raging waves he began to sink (Matthew 12:29-30).
We all have those safety boats in our lives. It can be a habit, a relationship, a job, or a whole way of living. Many times we get so stuck in comfort and we end up just staying in our boats because it is easier, or because we have gotten so used to being in that small closed space. Each time our Lord calls us out to the deep, we hesitate. Why? Because it is unknown. It’s a change and it’s out of our control, which strikes fear in many of us. We have allowed ourselves to become prisoners inside our own comfort. I’ve stood at the edge of my safety boat many times and just looked down at those deep waters, wondering should I jump or just stay here where I feel comfortable. It wasn’t until I decided to jump, that I realized my little comfortable safely boat was nothing more than a cage. A cage I had created for myself through my own comfort.
Pope Benedict XVI addressed this issue very well. He told us that, “the world promises you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for GREATNESS.” We will never be able to grow in our comfort zones. In order to grow, there needs to be a change, something new that causes us to react and adapt. Yes it’s scary to take that jump and truly trust, but we forget how much our Father loves us and cares for us. We forget that God has created us for GREATNESS and we can literally do the impossible if we fix our eyes on him and keep them there. Peter walked on water as long as his eyes were fixed on Christ.
Next time you’re in a moment where you are standing at the edge of your safety boat, hearing God’s voice calling you, picture him saying this, “My dearest child, you can hold on and stay in the boat, and I will protect you and always guide you, or you can jump, keep your eyes on me and I will teach you to walk on water.”
You were created for much more than just comfort, so strive for GREATNESS.
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