“Don’t think about it, just jump”, my son’s swim teacher called out to him as he was preparing to jump off the diving board. Miss Amy is no ordinary swim teacher. She is good and what I would call a miracle worker. Because if you know my son at all, you would know he doesn’t like water in his face at all. And though he is adventurous, he is quite afraid of a lot of things. When taking baths, we go through several rags and towels to just get the water out of his eyes. He wants to be brave and he wants to swim, but he is often scared of the water. The first day of swim lessons when they were to dunk their heads in the water, his reply was, “This is awful!” In the one week Miss Amy had my son in her class, he was swimming with his head under the water, diving for toys in the shallow end, and yes, even jumping off the diving board, though extremely fearful. Yes, Miss Amy is a miracle worker.
“Don’t think about it, just jump” resonated in my mind as I watched swim lessons this particular very hot day. How many times have I thought I wanted or needed to do something, and then my mind starts thinking. It starts thinking about the pros and the cons. My mind thinks of whether it is worth my time or worth the risk. The overwhelm sets in. What if I just jumped, rather than thought about the deep water that loomed beneath me knowing that I was safe with the teacher who is teaching me? In Hebrews 11:1 (KJV), it says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” We hope when we jump our teacher will catch us so we don’t sink. Do we believe God when he says, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19 KJV).
Brendon Burchard, motivator, speaker and author, and one of my all time favorite people to listen to in the morning, often says, “What small things can I do tomorrow to move ahead?” (http://brendon.com/blog/believe-in-yourself/). What steps can you take today to get to your goal tomorrow? When I began writing I had no idea what I was doing. In fact, I still don’t. But every morning I would wake up I would think about three things I could do today. So I would write the title. Or think of a thought that occurred throughout the day that I wanted to write about. I reminded myself, I didn’t need the whole article written, or even to have it perfected, I just needed a start. When I set up my blog, I realized there was a lot I didn’t know. But instead of looming into the deep end, I reminded myself that starting it was more than I had the day before. I reminded myself, “I don’t need it perfected today, I just need to do my best today, not be the best.” And so, though there are still many unknowns, I choose to trust the God that inspired me to write for his purposes.
Simone De Beauvoir said, “Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future.” I have had a lot of friends, family, strangers comment on how they wish they had a different life. But how the choices they have made in the past have prevented them from progressing and they are stuck. I say to you, you are not stuck. You can change your life when you believe the God is on your side. Because “With God, all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26 KJV). Believe in yourself and believe that you can change. When we are stuck in the “victim” mode, we cannot progress. Instead, create an atmosphere where we believe we are survivors and heroes. Think, “yes, I have had some hard things I have dealt with in my life, and I handled them quite nicely (or even not). I still have things that make living life difficult, but I can still dream. I can still achieve. I can choose today to change my life.”
“Just jump”, because you can make a difference. “Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers, you cannot be successful or happy” (Norman Vincent Peale). And as George Herbert says, “Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.” Because God will always be on your side.
I believe in you. I believe you can make miracles happen. And I believe that peace (true inner peace) is the answer.