Peter did it. He stepped out of the boat. He was willing to master limitation. Fear might have tried to sink him, but Peter did walk on water with a helping hand.
This time my resolution is a little different than in past years. No more thinking small. Sure, I would like to eat better, move more, and drop off unecessary habits that waste my time. But rather than focus on the minnows of limitation nipping at my toes, I would like to go after the big fish of fear that would tell me I can't get out of the boat and express my unlimited potential for good. And I think I can do this in four steps.
Yesterday's first step involved the commitment to put prayer first in the day and open to a bigger thought of God. (If you haven't read the comments from yesterday's post, you might want to check them out. There is a gem of a story by one of the reader's there.)
Today, I will blog about the second step I am taking to have a year of W.O.W.: I will throw my legs over the side of the boat and put my toes on the water by letting the Christ (God's message of good for me) give me new energy in a new direction.
What do I mean? Paul wrote, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." (Letter to the Philippians, 4:13) And in Lamentations, the prophet Jeremiah wrote of God's mercies (His compassionate thoughts and blessings): "They are new every morning." (3:23) To me, this means that the Christ - God's divine messenger, everpresent and accessible, is revealing inspiration, direction and strength in fresh ways each day.
When I talk of the Christ here, it isn't a particular person I am referring to. It's the God-power or divine force that animated and inspired Jesus to get out of bed each day, fueled and ready to witness to the remarkable things that God could do through him.
Mary Baker Eddy explained, "It is the purpose of divine Love to resurrect the understanding, and the kingdom of God, the reign of harmony already within us... Abide in His word, and it shall abide in you; and the healing Christ will again be made manifest in the flesh — understood and glorified." (Miscellaneous Writings 154:16)
Step 1 is the focus on God that expands our potential, by showing us how big our God is and how small our problems are. Step 2 takes this bigger thought of God, and of man as God's image and likeness, and asks, "Now where can I prove this today? How is the Christ manifest in the flesh for me today - that is, making the God-power practical in my life?"
Today, I challenge jet lag. I CAN unpack my six bags and move forward in some way on my other projects. I can do it through the Christ that unfolds good in the details of my day. I don't have to finish all the projects as if I am afraid that tomorrow won't be equally as inspired as today. But I can put my toes in the water and challenge the suggestion that tomorrow I will have more energy, desire, intelligence, support - whatever - to get awesome things done.
Nope. No delay. I can do extraordinary things through Christ today. Today is the day to W.O.W. In fact, after writing this blog, I feel ready to do anything. I am strong, inspired, and animated for good.
My feet are on the water and I'm feeling fine. Wow!
How are you W.O.W.ing today? Any tips or news to help the rest of us? We are all in the same boat and looking to get out and walk, so please share!
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