“ Be willing to follow wherever I lead. Follow Me wholeheartedly, with glad anticipation quickening your pace. Though you don’t know what lies ahead, I know and that is enough!” Jesus Calling ~ Sarah Young
Last Sunday, I participated in a Sunday school class titled “What does it mean to follow Jesus?” Part of the Fearless Conversation curriculum. I have been thinking about it ever since. The class started by having us look at our reaction times. How quickly do we react when challenged to complete a task. We then read Matthew 4:18-25 where Jesus is calling his disciples. He says “Come. Follow me.” And they do. We don’t hear the stories of their lives. There is nothing to tell us what they are choosing to leave behind. Jesus doesn’t spend time convincing them this is the right choice. They just take the leap of faith and follow him in the most concrete way, leaving everything they know of their current life behind.
So what does this mean for us? What does it mean to follow Jesus, to answer his call on your life? That is something for you to decide, but I think it often involves taking a leap of faith. It means stepping out of your comfort zone and sharing your gifts. This rarely comes easily. I believe I have been called to share my story, to inspire others with what I have learned about health and whole food nutrition, about mindset and fitness, about faith. Even when that feels uncomfortable, it feels right.
This picture is from when I ran a Tough Mudder. There were so many fears I faced that day. This leap of faith was one of the most difficult; I am jumping into ice water. I knew it was going to be painful. I knew it was going to be difficult. But I also knew completing this race was a huge goal. I needed to convince myself of my own strength. So I made the leap. It was painful and difficult but also exhilarating. Ultimately facing many more obstacles and completing the run became one of my proudest accomplishments.
This year I have been called to leap over and over again. Each time it gets a little easier to trust I am on the right path. So where are you being called to leap? What is holding you back? Maybe it is time to just take the leap and follow the call.