Pastor’s Corner 6/8/2022 “Don’t be afraid to fail”

“Do not be afraid to fail.”

We have all heard that phrase at some point in our lives. Whether it was from a parent, grandparent, sibling, teacher, or a coach. Babe Ruth is known best for being the “Sultan of Swat.” His long-distance home runs are still the stuff of legend. He hit 714 Home Runs! Here is a did you know: He struck out 488 times! He led the Major League in strike outs five times! Michael Jordan, the best basketball player ever, did not make his Varsity basketball team as a sophomore! Forbes Magazine did an article in 2017 titled: “Want to Do Something Great? Don’t Be Afraid of Failure”
In that article the writer says that Resilience is the secret ingredient to success.
I have jumped out of many boats in my life. I have taken more risks than most people. I am a follower of Jesus Christ. Being a follower, there will be many “jump” moments. Jesus calls us to such moments for our good and our growth. That is one of the exciting things about being a follower. Life is meant to be lived, not endured.
In Matthew 14, Jesus calls Peter to walk on water. Now, I don’t have to tell you that walking on water is an amazing miracle. Because it obviously is! I have learned that if you want to walk on water, you must first get out of the boat. So, I don’t see resilience as a key to life. I see the first part as the key to life; Do not be afraid.
What are you afraid of? What is something new that you are being called out to?
Jesus is a caller. Sometimes, you must let go of something with both hands before you can grab ahold of something new. In the Book of Revelation, before the Lord mentions the new Jerusalem, He declares that He makes things new. So, if God’s nature is to make things new, then what is our part? To live our lives without fear. Too many Christians are embracing fear today. Don’t join them. Fear in life’s journey and faith in life’s journey are incompatible. Choose your faith, not your fear.
In the eyes of God, if you do not fear, then you never really fail.

Until the nets are full,
Chris

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