Sink or Swim

This is Zoey. Isn’t she adorable? She’s the 4-month-old lab mix that our friends brought over for a playdate with Berkeley. The point was to give her a little socialization, and to give her a chance to try swimming for the first time. On both counts, Zoey was a little hesitant. OK, a lot hesitant. Although she eventually warmed up to big ol’ boisterous Berkeley, she didn’t want anything to do with the pool. Now, Zoey is a lab mix. She’s got webbed feet. She was made to swim. She just doesn’t know it yet.

And then there’s Berkeley. He lives with a pool. He’s been swimming many, many times. He loves it. And he’s four years old, not months, like Zoey. She’s still a baby. She doesn’t know how much fun it is.This is Berkeley, without hesitation taking a leaping dive into the pool after his beloved ball. He knows what he was built for: to play ball, and to swim, and to bark at whatever passes within 100 feet of our property.

Zoey has yet to learn these things. But I’m confident that she will, if she’s exposed to water enough. We put her in the water and she immediately began to dog paddle. Her children were surprised by that, but I showed them her webbed feet and told them that this is what she was made for, even though she was mortally afraid.

How often are we afraid to take that leap and do what God has designed us for?

The Bible says, “Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).

If God has called you to do something, He will completely equip you to carry it out–with His help. He doesn’t just toss you in to sink or swim. He’s there to uphold you, to teach you, to guide you every step of the way.

Go ahead, take a leap of faith.

Thankful today for:

143. haircuts

144. people who know more than I do

145. fans

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