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The Joy of Jumping

As someone who has just jumped from the known to the great unknown allow me to tell you: It’s exhilarating. 

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:13-14

Here’s how I visualize this passage.

  • Yes, it’s scary.
  • Yes, I’ve heard rumors of a recession.
  • Yes, I know I have a family to support.
  • Yes, I know I could get hurt. (The parachute might not deploy)
  • Yes, I know you aren’t supposed to jump out of a perfectly safe thing for an unsafe thing.
  • Yes, I know all of the “buts” and “whatifs” about jumping.

The flip side? Jumping is way cool. It’s crazy fun. And I’ve learned that the safe way will almost never get you to where you want to go in life.

In my eyes– there are many more dangers in playing it safe than taking a big risk every once in a while.

  • Playing it safe is… as good for your heart as eating McDonald’s french fries every day.
  • Playing it safe is… like rust on your soul.
  • Playing it safe is… so 2000.
  • Playing it safe is… a pathway to regret.
  • Playing it safe is… cementing a future you might not want.

For discussion: Tell me about a time you jumped. 

photo credit: kait jarbeau via Flickr (Creative Commons)

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3 Responses to The Joy of Jumping

  1. Andrea D September 7, 2011 at 4:15 pm #

    My first day of student teaching on Tuesday sure felt like jumping off of a cliff! But like you said, how am I ever supposed to learn something new if I never embarrass myself a little?

  2. Cheryl Smith September 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm #

    I jumped four years ago from a great career in the chamber of commerce profession to a great unknown. And it’s been wonderful. No regrets. Zero. Nada.

  3. Todd Porter September 10, 2011 at 7:41 am #

    I jumped when I took the job at this church in Cincy two years ago, because they told me that they could guarantee me maybe 6 months of salary. It was so worth the jump.

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