Just Dipping my Toes in the Water

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Do you ever feel as if you are not living life fully? That there is so much more available, but you are not quite getting it.

Do you feel like you are just dipping your toes in the water when there is a whole ocean to dive into?

You don’t mind it in the shallow end, there is no risk, it is keeping your toes cool… And you’re not going to ruin your hair.

But from where you are sitting you can see other people, jumping right in, getting covered in the water. Fully experiencing all that it has to offer. They don’t care about the risks and they don’t worry about their hair. They are in the deep end and loving it.

Sometimes I feel like this, like there is so much more on offer, that I am not quite taking advantage of. That there are things that I am not experiencing that I should.

Maybe because I am afraid. Taking risks can be scary. Living life in the deep end takes courage, but how much life is there in the shallows.

Sometimes I don’t try that hard at things for worry of messing up; sometimes I don’t put myself out there for risk of rejection; sometimes I don’t take up the opportunities that come my way for fear of failure.

I don’t use all the skills that God has given me and I don’t make the most of the opportunities that he has given me. I don’t step out in faith.

I do it with this blog, I don’t put in as much effort as I could, worried that if I try my hardest my words will still go unread. I can do it in friendships, not calling people when I know I should in case I annoy them. I live a life of fear, a life in the shallow end, in so many areas of life. But God doesn’t want this.

God calls us to live life abundantly.

People think that Christianity means giving up, living less. They focus too much on the sacrifice and not enough on the blessing.

 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. (John 10:10)

Life without God cannot ever be a full life. Without God we cannot know true love, true joy or true peace. We cannot live an abundant life without him. He is the one who gives life. The only life worth living is through him.

When you reach your last days do you want to look back and think I wish I had done more, I wish I had lived more and loved more or do you want to look back at a life lived abundantly. A life full of adventure.

I know which one I would choose.

 

 

 

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18 thoughts on “Just Dipping my Toes in the Water

  1. Well said! I can definitely relate to the fear of venturing out into ‘deeper waters’. But sometimes I think – what’s stopping me? I have only one life to live don’t I? I want my life to count for eternity, which means being open to what God has for me.

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  2. Venturing out can be scary, but I have found if He is calling me to do it that it can be life changing. I have had thoughts before too that no one is reading my blog, but the whole reason I started was to hopefully share with family members in this world things they don’t listen to in the real world – like Jesus and it works and I want to leave a legacy. Sometimes I think God is laughing though because it is me that is growing because of my blog and I only need an audience of one – Him.

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    • Oh yes, I’m definitely growing more from my blog than anyone else! Its so helpful being able articulate what you are thinking. I also have to really think about whether what I am writing is actually what I believe, because I know that anyone could be reading my words!

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  3. Oh my word, I so enjoyed this! I love your use of words, too particularly > “Do you feel like you are just dipping your toes in the water when there is a whole ocean to dive into?”

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  4. I have a book about women of influence. One of those discussed there, Eleanor Roosevelt, was said to have lived life to the full. I envied her for that. I really don’t venture into new things much, except with this blogging. But I’d also like to look back at my life with satisfaction. God help me! And thank you, Alice, for sharing this.

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  5. Hi! I got so many pictures in my mind reading your words. 🙂

    We have a gal in our church that gives us descriptions of pictures and sentences she feels she gets from God. A few weeks ago, she thought God was saying to our small group, “No more excuses.” I keep pondering that. God bless, Ally.

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