Courage to dive in

August 16, 2017 at 6:00 AM

pool-dive.jpgIt takes courage to leap into the unknown. Many Luke Society directors have done that, and they've experienced the riches of Christ.

Courage to dive in

By Dan Breen

If universities offered a major in homo sapien adspectus, I’d have a Ph.D. With extensive field studies and noted observations I might even have dean status.

I’m tempted to leave it at that. Everything sounds so much more sophisticated in Latin. But full disclosure: homo sapien adspectus is nothing more than people watching.

A recent honey do-list necessitated I chauffer my daughter to her swimming lessons where my homo sapien adspectus skills were drawn to the opposite side of the pool. It was painfully obvious one particular young girl was struggling with the task her swimming instructor had set before her: a leap from the 10-foot springboard.

She stood, knees shaking, then bending in preparation for takeoff. But what she possessed in desire, she lacked in courage, sheepishly returning to the ladder platform. This happened five or six times over the next 10 minutes. You’d have thought she was walking the plank into shark-infested waters.

One final time she curled her toes over the edge of the diving board, convinced she could conjure up enough courage to take the plunge. Nearby, her friends heaped encouragement on her. “You can do it,” they assured. With wobbly knees she plugged her nose, bent at the waist and readied for freefall. But it just wasn’t happening. The lifeguard finally motioned her down, commencing an embarrassing walk of shame down the platform steps.

It made me wonder how often we miss out on something truly exhilarating because we let our fears get in the way. Remember those grumbly Israelites wandering in the wilderness? When Joshua took the leadership baton from Moses, the Lord instructed him — no, the Lord commanded him — be “strong and courageous” no less than three times in his commissioning (Joshua 1). Why could he have that courage? Because the Lord promised to be with him.

Our Luke Society directors have no lack of courage despite the obstacles in their way: poverty, disease, violent cultures, legal restrictions, political unrest, anti-Christian governments, terrorism. The list goes on and on.

It’s refreshing to have directors with the courage to stare down fear and take that leap of faith into the unknown. They realize that promise to Joshua long ago is a promise to them today as well. With the Lord at our side what do we have to fear? Are you fearing something today? Remember that whatever obstacles are in your way, you don’t face them alone. The Lord is by your side. Be strong and courageous!

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