Shelene Bryan | September 29, 2017
This week’s 3-day track comes from Shelene Bryan, founder of Skip1.org, a ministry providing food and clean water here in America and around the world.
The woman laid her hands on my shoulders and begged God on my behalf to not allow me to get distracted by the things of my world. It truly was one of the best prayers anyone has ever spoken over me. Kneeling there on that dirt floor, I was uncomfortable and distraction free and exactly where God wanted me to be.
In this 3-day track, Shelene challenges us to recognize the areas in which we are distracted from God. She suggests that with God’s help, we can become comfortable with being uncomfortable so that we may take the leap of faith into the adventure on which God wants to take us.
Whether it’s excessive work hours, or a matter of bad habits, take the next few days to recognize ways in which you may be distracted from God. Remember that in order to live the adventure that God has created for us, we must admit our weaknesses so that we may move past them. Complete the challenges at the end of the day to help guide your reflection.
Give God permission to make you uncomfortable.
Ministry status quo can be very comfortable. I can’t think of a single apostle or hero of the faith that was living a comfortable life. To the contrary, every person who made a major impact in their world for God operated from a place of extreme discomfort. Too often I get so wrapped up in my comfort-driven world that I miss out on something God wants to show me. Ways he wants to stretch my faith. We need give Him permission to take us on uncomfortable journeys. Sometimes God wants me uncomfortable kneeling on a dirt floor and focusing on what he wants to do in my life. It is in those uncomfortable situations that He can begin to erase our blind spots. It is in those challenging moments that we can focus on what really matters and maybe get a glimpse how God wants us live a life of loving and ministering to others.
Lord, I give you permission to take me on uncomfortable journeys in my ministry.
You’ve got to jump.
Once we let God take our cultural and intellectual blinders off, and once we have given God permission to make us uncomfortable, it’s time to JUMP.
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
“Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
Peter jumped. That is what I love about this passage, the fact that Peter actually jumped out of the boat. By jumping, he had the amazing opportunity to do something that no one in the history of the world had ever done; walk on water! Peter took that leap right out of the comfort and safety of the boat to go be with his Lord. Are you missing out on ‘walk on water’ moments in your ministry because you are too afraid to break the status quo and jump? Perhaps it’s time to remove the blinders, get uncomfortable and jump into an adventure God wants to take with you; your own ‘walk on water’ adventure.
Lord, give me the motivation and courage to jump into the adventure you have for my life and ministry.
Take time this week to listen to what God is calling you to do. Regardless of what reservations you may have, trust God and take the jump.