‘Inny’ or ‘Outty’?
I love that question! It can be a risky one to ask, but at the same time – it can be a great conversation starter. Why? Because it’s a loaded question.
We have all heard it said that there are two topics of conversation we should not engage in while attending a social gathering – Politics and Religion. On the surface, ‘Are you a man of faith?’ clearly sounds like one of those ‘religious’ questions. However, although it tends to be the context in which many of us respond to that question – ‘FAITH IS MORE THAN JUST A THEOLOGICAL TERM’ . Truth be told, there are many non-religious (unchurched) people who demonstrate tremendous levels of faith and at the same time, there are many within the Church who live unfaithful lifestyles.
Faith is not a verb – it is a noun. It is not an action – it demands an action.
Faith is the term we apply to our actions when we arrive at those points in our journey through life where we find ourselves at the precipice of our knowledge, where we stand on the rim of uncertainty with our toes being taunted by the forever invisible, ever present, always intimidating ‘unknown’ and we continue to walk believing that when we step out, one of two things is going to happen – We will have solid ground to walk on or we will learn to fly.
Perhaps you’ve seen the Indiana Jones movie where Indie has to step off the edge to find an invisible path across a precipice. He knows the path is there because he can see the path continuing on the other side of the void. At first he’s hesitant and has to be willing to have faith and lean in to take that first step.
“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.”~ Martin Luther King Junior
From my experience, success, victory, breakthrough, freedom, ______________ (You fill in the blank), often happens when you just lean into it. Our natural instinct is to hesitate, to dip a toe in, but this often leads to inaction. We sit back, deliberate, reflect, procrastinate, and take up navel gazing and thumb twiddling instead.
The “What if…?” scripts begin to play, our confidence fades, our commitment wavers and before we know it – we are back peddling instead of leaning in and running toward our future with confidence and courage.
Look guys, this is embarrassing to admit, but I have my own collection of navel lint. It has been harvested over the years in seasons of my life immediately after stepping out in faith only to crash and burn. Those experiences, as you can well imagine, have a tendency to steal your courage, to make you hesitant, to cause you to pull-back when you should lean in.
I learned a valuable lesson from those crash and burn moments, however. I learned that great faith in the wrong things does not keep me on solid ground nor does it teach me how to fly. I crashed when I chose to put my faith in money, man, and material things. They were not dependable or trustworthy and disappeared when I needed them most.
If that’s where you’re at, I want to offer you another alternative today. I want to give you another option in whom you can choose to place your trust. I personally believe it is the only option worthy of consideration and that option is Jesus Christ and His teachings.
Don’t just take my word for it – investigate for yourself. Regardless of whether you are already a member of the Christian community or you don’t currently attend church, read the Bible, or even believe in the existence of God, I invite you to lean in and evaluate your faith.
- In what or in whom do you trust?
- How has that been working out for you?
- Do you have an ‘inny’ or an ‘outty’?
Simply be willing to re-evaluate your life with an open mind and honest heart. Get a Bible and start to read the Gospel of John in the New Testament followed by The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Apply what Jesus teaches to your life and see for yourself how the journey unfolds even if you (like Indiana Jones) can’t clearly see the pathway in front of you.
Here’s what leaning in means…
- Be willing to explore the unknown
- Be open to opportunities and possibilities
- Start moving towards applying what you have read
- Take one step at a time and notice how it impacts your life.
You are a man of faith. The question is – will the source of your faith keep you walking on solid ground, teach you to fly, or fail you in your time of need?
Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Psalm 34:8