Sometimes in life we come to the edge of a cliff — figuratively that is. Maybe we have a big choice to make: accept the job, turn it down, move away, get engaged, jump out of your comfort zone, put your talents out there for either acceptance or rejection.
Biblical Cliff Divers
You wouldn’t be the first person this happened to. Maybe you think, if you’re following God, you won’t ever have to jump off any metaphorical cliffs. Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28). However, God doesn’t just expect his followers to sit around watching Jeopardy and drinking Dr. Pepper all day. The Great Commission alone should give us some kind of clue about that. “Go, and make disciples of all nations,” (Matthew 28:19) And if you think this was only for the eleven disciples, think again. If you’re a follower of Jesus, this applies to you too. Maybe you’ll never be globe-trotting missionary, but you can make a difference right in your own backyard or wherever you happen to be, if you choose to. The Bible has several examples of God calling his people to do some X Games-worthy stunts. He called Noah to build the ark, he called Abraham to leave his home and move to a foreign country, he called Moses, a guy with a speech impediment, to become the leader of a nation, he used a little shepherd boy named David to defeat a fierce giant and become one of the greatest kings in the world, and he used Mary, a young nobody from Nazareth, to give birth to the Son of God.
Be Strong and Courageous
Theodore Roosevelt put it well when he said, “It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.” (Wikiquote.org)
So as we come to the edge of life’s cliffs, let us remember God’s words to Joshua in Joshua 1:9, “Haven’t I commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Don’t be afraid. Don’t be dismayed, for Yahweh your God is with you wherever you go.”
Lord, make us strong and courageous,
Let us not live our lives scared and sedately,
But let our boldness and courage from you be contagious,
And, if we fail, let it be while doing your will and daring greatly.