There is a scripture that has been one of my all-time favorites for years. In fact, my pastor used to preach and teach from it often and it has always inspired me. It not only applies to our lives spiritually but I believe it holds practical application in the arena of leadership and life as well.
It is found in Psalm 107:23-24. Take a look at it with me:
23 They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;
24 These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.
As I looked closer at this passage of scripture, three things came to my mind that I want to make sure I incorporate into my own personal life. Hopefully they can inspire and help you. We are all called to be and do! That is our divine privilege and with the help of God and His word, I believe we can arrive at that destined destination we have been given. Here is what I thought:
- You Have To Commit - Nothing starts in your life without a commitment to begin! I like what the scripture says; they that go DOWN to the sea in ships, that do BUSINESS in great waters. They had to commit to the most unstable element that exists – the element of water. Living in San Diego, I do my best to try and find the time to go over to the ocean and just watch the waves. The waves and the sea are unstable and constantly in motion. In order to do business out in the deep, one first must commit to the process. You cannot just think about what you are going to do – you have to get out there and put your boat in the water so to speak. This leads me to my next point:
- You Have To Launch – Just sitting on the side of the shore gets you nowhere. The only thing you have is a view, or can I say “vision.” Having a vision is great! Nothing wrong with having a vision but at some point you must understand – the business I need to conduct is out on the water, not here on the shore! The only thing you can build on the shore is a sand castle and eventually the waves are going to tear that down so you have to commit to the sea! The commitment you make now leads to you doing something about it. You have to launch that idea, that program, that ministry, that ??? I will let you fill in the blank. I meet a lot of people with a lot of good ideas but they never get past the shore. Their uncertainty about the launch will cost them MUCH! Don’t be afraid to push away from the comfortable and the serene. It is in the DEEP where you begin to see the WORKS of the Lord and His WONDERS! The prize is always out in the deep!
- You Have To Weather the Storm – This is probably where most people, once they commit and launch, experience the most pressure to turn around and go back. They experience a bump in the road or they come across a tough patch in the journey going out into the deep. The pressure to turn around and go back is real but there is no reward in that. You have to be committed to the journey and realize that in order to succeed you will face some very difficult times. It is part of the process. I will be honest and say that there have been several times in my own life that I have felt like giving up. Having only one hand has produced some moments that I didn’t think I could make it. But I have kept moving forward and tried my best to weather the storm that I faced. You can do the same thing! In fact you have what it takes and there will be times that it will be easier to look at the size of the waves as it is to look at the size of your God! DON’T!!! God is bigger than the storm and God’s plan for your life is greater than the waves.
I hope this has helped someone today. I believe we are called to move forward and achieve great things in our lives but it always comes at a price. Don’t be afraid to COMMIT, LAUNCH and WEATHER THE STORM!
See you in deep waters,