Looking out upon the water in the midst of a storm, Peter contemplated what he was seeing. A ghostly figure was walking in front of him upon the waves. Moments before, the figure had cried out that there wasn’t need to be afraid. He told them to be of good cheer. Raising his voice, for it to carry across the wind, he said: “Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.” Almost instantly, the voice replied: “Come.” Taking those words, Peter stepped one foot out of the boat and began to follow those instructions given to him. And despite all logic, his feet stood firmly upon the waters.
Never fear to step out to try something new. If you never step out of the boat (what is comfortable) to try something new (not comfortable), you may never find that thing that you truly excel at. And that first step shouldn’t be indicative of your ability. As one of my writing professors had written on her sweater, “Even if it’s [terrible] get it on the page.” By the time you read this polished blog post, it’s gone through several reads and edits. And this article was built upon three years of writing my personal blog, studying writing as an English major, and numerous writings in high school. Not to mention my screenplays. I found a knack early on and worked to develop it. If I were to find my early work now, it might cause me to cringe. But if I hadn’t stepped out of the boat and began writing, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
If you have a desire to scuba dive, or build furniture, or train dogs, I suggest you take the classes, talk to those involved, put your hand to the plow, and consider all the possibilities. If you don’t know what your purpose is but are scared to step out and try other things, it might be difficult to find it. Obviously, the Father wants you to know what your purpose is, and He will definitely push you toward a certain direction, but if you aren’t willing or listening, it could be right in front of you, but you didn’t know.
Attempting to do my civil duty, and research our presidential candidates early on, I purchased a copy of Mr. Trump’s best-seller, The Art of the Deal. I’ve taken a lot of good information from the book, but a few things have stood out, long after having read them, including the following:
“Most people who do have the instincts will never recognize that they do because they don’t have the courage or the good fortune to discover their potential. Somewhere out there are a few men with more innate talent at golf than Jack Nicklaus, or women with greater ability at tennis than Chris Evert or Martina Navratilova, but they will never lift a club or swing a racket and therefore will never find out how great they could have been. Instead, they’ll be content to sit and watch stars perform on television.”
Just remember, Peter was facing otherwise-uncertain possibilities by stepping out of the boat, but being led by faith, he did. Don’t be afraid to step out in something new. You might just find your purpose.