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)