Theory is great. It’s an idea to be played with, debated, discarded or adopted.
Moving from theory to practice is different. As I watched the para-gliders taking off over the Alpine peaks and valleys, I firmly decided this was not for me. Vertigo and perpendicular cliffs don’t really make a good mix.
Some were experts. One was not. Most took off smoothly. One did not; it took several attempts, flailing on the edge. Phew!
Once airborne the para-glider is committed. Presumably they enjoy the adrenaline (and the views are spectacular!)
Christian faith has similarities. We can play it safe, keep it theoretical, and fail to put faith to work. Bet God loves that.
Or we can step out, taking faith for a flight, and believe that God keeps hold of us when we try to fly.
A prayer for the moment:
I took you at your Word and I’m ready to take off.
My faith is pretty flimsy, though, and it’s a long way down…
Please hold me up and help me reach the end of this flight.
I’d like to ask You to make sure I enjoy the trip.
But I suspect You don’t guarantee that.
You do say that we are working with You
to change the world and bring Love to people everywhere.
That sounds worthwhile, if a bit alarming!
Me? Really make a difference?
Well, me PLUS You- that should be OK.
The hardest bit is taking that first step.
Lord, please, may You Spirit help me find courage
and then determination- I choose to trust You.
Lord, I don’t know what I will see on this adventure.
I don’t know exactly how or when it will finish-
but I think it could be the biggest and best step for me.
You say “Follow.”
I’ll say “Yes.”
Please forgive me when I’d rather say “no” and stay a theoretical Christian… I want to live by Your purpose, and remember that You went all the way to the Cross.
Don’t let me fall… it’s such a long way down.
Here we go, Jesus! Take a good grip, please,
and don’t let go! Amen.