Thrive. Not Just Survive. #6

I remember taking that first step off the cliff.Rockclimber

Then leaning back while my feet were planted on the rock, I was perpendicular to the side of the cliff.

I was in 9th grade, and my youth pastor, Dan Cooley, took us to Turkey Peak in west Texas to climb and rappel. It was my first time, and I loved it!

I love the challenge, the adrenaline rush, and the view. I love the outdoors–camping, hunting, etc. Which is why one of my favorite tv shows is Man Vs. Wild with Bear Grylls. Yup, my dream is to go on an expedition with Bear Grylls.

HEY! A guy can dream, huh?

Bear seems to know how to thrive. And I’m not talking about the money and fame he receives for doing the shows.

Let me explain this way: a major event comes your way that looks scary and overwhelming. Many times our first thoughts are,

“There’s no way I can get through this.”

“This is too much for me to handle.”

“I can’t do this.”

In one episode of Man Vs. Wild  Bear had to climb a solid cliff face with tangled debris while wearing a backpack. It must have been 75 to 100 feet. After he finally reached the top he said,

“I love climbs like this. You look at it at the start and think that this will be quite a mission to get up. But actually you break it into little chunks and it’s doable.”

So true, so true. And just like life, isn’t it?

Worry is one of the most deadliest mindsets to have. It robs of joy and peace. It’s a gateway to a flood of negative thoughts and emotions that the body can’t handle physically.

It leads to panic attacks and depression.

And it’s usually about the future. When we worry, it’s usually about something that may or may not happen in the future.

And most of the time, what we are worried about never comes to pass.

So Jesus said, “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” – Matthew 6:34 (NLT)

When that major, scary, overwhelming event comes, Jesus says to break it into little chunks. One day at a time.

He gives grace for that day. (2 Cor. 12:9) And get this…

He hasn’t given you permission to fret about tomorrow–about what may or may not ever happen.

He’s already there.

So take today and rest in the knowledge that Jesus has you. At the core of His heart is a desire for you to simply trust Him.

He has you.

Now take that first step.

(2) Comments

  • J. Chad Barrett
    19 Jun 2014

    Thank you, Dan. This means so much. Taking step at a time now…

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