Stepping Into Your Purpose– Sometimes when you know it’s time to step into your purpose, but you’re running, it can be like a little kid standing on the edge of the pool scared to jump in.
We’ve all seen it before (or experienced it), the little kid on the side of the pool with floaties or a life jacket on but still scared to jump in. Sometimes there’s someone in the water waiting to catch them, or maybe someone offering to hold them and jump in with them. Either way, there was someone present who was capable of ensuring their safety and wouldn’t let anything happen to them. Worst-case scenario, there was that friend who ran up behind the kid and pushed them in the water (the good old “sink or swim”)- but even then, they were okay because they still had on some type of flotation device which still ensured their safety.
I remember when I was a kid and taking swimming lessons. We were at the point where we had to jump off the diving board into the deep end of the pool. With no life jacket. The swimming instructor was in the water just out from the diving board with his arms outstretched waiting to catch us the moment we came up from the jump. He constantly reassured us that he was right there if we needed him and he wasn’t going to let anything happen to us. Basically, “I got you.” Although that was the case, in my little-girl eyes all I saw was a LOT of deep water between me and the instructor. Well after a lot of hesitation, I finally jumped. My heart was racing as I jumped off of that diving board – partly from fear, partly from excitement. And even though I was scared, I also knew that there were other kids in line behind me and my hesitation delayed them from taking their turn.
When we get older, stepping into our purpose is sometimes no different. When your purpose becomes your mission, it can be downright scary. Especially taking that first step. We become that scared little kid on the side of the pool (or diving board). The water is like our purpose, our mission, our future… the great unknown. God wouldn’t have given you a purpose without the things you need to carry it out. And He promised to never leave you nor forsake you.
Floaties, life jacket, swimming instructor, parent, friend etc., God will be whichever flotation device you need to make sure you rise to the top, safe and sound. Like that parent, friend, or instructor who encourages and reassures you, God is telling you, “I got you!”; you may go under for just a moment, but you WILL resurface and I won’t let you go back down. Besides, you delaying stepping into your purpose could be delaying someone else from stepping into their purpose or preventing others from receiving the benefits of you stepping into your purpose.
It’s time to jump. It’s scary and it’s uncertain, but it’s also exciting and fulfilling. Remember the scared little girl who was afraid to jump off the diving board? Well I eventually got over that fear and got to where I love diving & jumping off the diving board. The more you practice the easier it gets. After you take that first leap of faith and jump, keep on jumping!
Let’s get lifted!