Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see - Hebrews 11:1
I love watching animal documentaries. I think that I inherited it from my paternal grandfather. We use to watch them together for hours on end. One of the animals that I was fascinated by was the African Gazelle. The speed that they possessed was utterly amazing. But the thing that I really admired was their leaping ability. In the wild, gazelles have been know to leap 30 feet. The ironic thing is that they can be held captive in zoos by fences that are no more than 4 feet tall. Researchers have found that gazelles refuse to jump if they can't see where they are going to land. So even though they could easily clear a 4 foot fence and obtain their freedom, the gazelles just stay in their space.
We men have psychological barriers just like the gazelles. We have extraordinary abilities that can enable us to realize our most loftiest of goals. However, we let that 4 foot wall hold us back. As a result, we deprive those around us from experiencing the very best that we have to offer. God has called us to be the light in the darkness. "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden." - Matthew 5:14. In order for us to be able to exhibit the light, we must possess the faith that a Christ follower needs in order to tread where we can't see. As the scripture states, "And without faith it is impossible to please God." - Hebrews 11:6. The Bible further states in 2 Corinthians 5:7, "We live by faith, not by sight. In order to start on the path of removing the psychological barriers we have to realize that we are not moved by what we see, but what we do not see. Once we grasp that concept, we can start to move forward and jump the 4 foot fence even though we cannot see what's on the other side.
ACTION PLAN: Write down some moments where you were successful in moving forward even though you did not know where you were headed. Reflect on how you felt when you relied on faith.
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Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.