If You want to walk on water You’ve got to get out of the Boat

Some things I have learned from the book "If You want to walk on water You’ve got to get out of the Boat" by John Ortberg. My cell group used this book and I highly recommend it! It’s a must read!!

  • The Lord of the gift is very wise. He knew exactly what he was doing when he created you.
  • Fear makes people bury the treasure God has given them
  • He can take what you have to offer and make them a difference that matters for eternity
  • Never try to have more faith – just get to know God better. And because God is faithful, the better you know him, the more you’ll trust him.
  • Storms have a way of teaching what nothing else can
  • Fear disrupts faith and becomes the biggest obstacle to trusting and obeying God.
  • Trying and failing, learning from failure and trying again works a lot better than waiting for perfection
  • Whenever Jesus calls someone to get out of the boat, he gives the power to walk on the water
  • What we wait for is not more important than what happens to us while we are waiting
  • Jesus is not finished yet. He is still looking for people who will dare to trust him

So why don’t you take a moment to ask some questions: (pg 50)

  • What is my deepest dream?
  • How much passion do I experience in my daily life?
  • What do I want my epitaph to say?
  • How much am I growing these days?
  • How often do I take risks that require a power greater than my own?
  • If I had to name the "one true thing" that I believe I was set on earth to do, what would it be?
  • How clear is it to me?

You and I are the call-ees and God is the Call-er. God equips the worker and assigns the work. Michael Novak puts it like this:

We didn’t give ourselves the personalities, talents, or longings we were born with. When we fulfill these – these gifts from beyone ourselves – it is like fulfilling something we were meant to do… the Creator of all things knows the name of each of us – knows thoroughly, better than we do ourselves, what is in us,  for he put it there and intends for us to do something with it – something that meshes with his intentions for many other people…Even if we do not always think of it that way, each of us was given a calling – by fate, by chance, by destiny, by God. Those who are lucky have found it.

"A calling is something you discover, not something you choose." (pg 60)



About Andrea

I am from Whitby, Ontario. I have lived in Romania for 9 years as a missionary but I am currently in Canada on a sabbatical break at this time. I have also lived in South Korea for a year and I have also been to Russia, Uganda, Albania and the Czech Republic on short-term mission trips. In 2012, God also gave me an amazing opportunity to go to Mozambique for the Harvest Mission School with Iris Ministries as well. I love children, reaching out to people who are in need and vulnerable, I have a passion to fight against the injustice issue of human trafficking and to simply share the love of Jesus wherever I go. I also love cats too and I have a cat of my own named Minnie!
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1 Response to If You want to walk on water You’ve got to get out of the Boat

  1. Spicy says:

    Thank you for sharing so beautifully written may God bless you richly and guide you all the days of your life……
    Be blessed….

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