Daily Post:  Commit


Those who read my blog know that I often use golf metaphors as enlightening images to make my point.  The amateur golfer, not unlike the fish out of water above, faces the daunting challenge of not settling for the status quo. To improve as a golfer requires self-examination of his or her own skills; as well as emotional strength to handle all the nuances of bad shots, bad bounces, and weather conditions that naturally come with the game.  Change comes easily for some, but is substantial work for others.  To improve means to change what doesn’t work, into what does.  Many times this comes through instruction from a professional golf instructor, however, knowledge is only half the battle.  Application of the instruction through dedicated practice on the driving range is the evidence of the golfer’s commitment to improve.

What if this fish fails to leap far enough, landing on the table top instead of the larger bowl?  What if it commits, but dies only moments later, surrounded by air instead of water?  Some might say this is the perfect argument for not making the leap of faith.  What if the golfer has all the knowledge, and perfect understanding of what is entailed to make a perfect golf swing… but never takes the necessary steps to execute that shot?  Wholehearted commitment is foundation-ally not being afraid to fail.

The Bible is practically filled with stories of men and women who were challenged to commit to something they could not see, touch, or feel, in order to do the will of God according to God’s commands.  For a great understanding of this principle, read all of Hebrews chapter 11, to see what theologians today call “the roll-call of the faithful.”

Hebrews 11:1-2
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval.

Clearly the author of Hebrews was just hitting the high-lights of the Old Testament, for there are hundreds of examples which could be added to this list.  In addition, since the end of 1st century, when the Bible was completed, there have been thousands upon thousands of individuals who lived by this passage, gaining the same approval of God as the “men of old.”  The only requirement for this feat remains:  wholehearted commitment.

How is it possible to conquer the “what if” fears that keep us from becoming a better version of ourselves, the ones God designed us to be?  Believing in the transforming power of Jesus Christ to save us, then stepping across the line of faith into His redemptive grace, is all that is required.  Translation:  wholehearted commitment to God’s version of reality, instead of relying on our pre-conditioned responses of what is real, makes the impossible = possible.

I would rather be this flying fish, risking it all for the promise of God, than to swim in the small bowl of “nothing ever changes.”  I would rather be the all-my-life student of the game of golf, than just be satisfied with a 14 handicap.  I would rather have Jesus than anything this world affords today. I’m all-in; 100%.

My advice to you?

Commit.  Wholeheartedly.

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Is it like stepping off the cliff?




I’m afraid of heights.  There I said it.  For those who don’t have such issues, I applaud you, although I think you’re nuts.  I would not easily be led to the edge of this precipice, not for money, fame, or power.  Thrill seekers aside, my gut tells me most people feel as I do.  Just look how close that guy is to plunging head long into the abyss.  It makes my insides quiver just looking at the picture.

I love mountains, and climbing through natural mountain trails, reaching the summit and admiring the view.  Just not from the precipice of destruction.  It’s not my game.

There are folks who read these articles who are perched like a climber, looking over into the vast empty space below them, challenged to see the spiritual metaphor in this image.  For them, taking the spiritual plunge of faith is nothing short of stepping off the cliff.  It’s scary.  No, it’s frightening, because they have no context for what comes next.  If you’ve never stepped off a cliff, you have no context of what occurs during the fall.  Seekers of truth are those folks who have come right to the jumping off part, but have not stepped over the line of faith into salvation found in Jesus Christ alone.

For those people of faith who trust in Jesus with their whole being, it’s hard to understand the timidity of a person just not stepping out.  We’ve lost sight of just how hard it is for folks to let go of thinking they have control over their own lives, even when they don’t.  I’m fairly convinced for most men or women today, following Christ is no different than taking the plunge off the precipice of sanity.

Here’s the thing, at times faith is exactly that.  Hence the phrase, “Leap of Faith.”  Again, there are other things in life just as frightening, yet we take the plunge anyway.  It’s hard to say the words, “I love you,” when you don’t know for certain the person to whom you are speaking will return the sentiment verbally.  Driven by passion, or a longing to be loved, we speak the words anyway, and take the leap of faith.  It’s hard to say the words, “this is over.”  Knowing that the change which will come as a result of saying it out loud, may cause pain or sorrow for many people, yet you must say it, and you take the plunge off the precipice.

Coming to Christ, yielding to the authority of His Lordship over your entire life, being born again by the Holy Spirit of God, is like no other encounter in the human experience.  When you meet Jesus, when you say “yes” to His call on your life, it is a step of faith into the unknown for you.  There is no way to see the changes which will occur.  There will be consequences and more hard choices as you attempt to align your life with the will of God.  Yet, for those who have come, who have made this commitment, there is no greater joy than falling head-long into the arms of Jesus – the Savior.

If you are weighed down by the burdens of this world, if you are seeking truth, if you know there is more to this life but haven’t found it, then take the step of faith that leads to peace and joy in Jesus Christ.  Is it like stepping off the cliff?  For some yes.  For others no.  What will it be for you?  I don’t know.  Come anyway.  Step over the line of faith into Jesus, today.


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