JUMP

When Cooper was little, we removed the ladder from the bunk-beds so he wouldn’t climb on the top bunk and fall off. I can still remember the day Cooper finally learned to climb up to the bunk bed without the ladder. I walked by the room and there he sat on the top-bunk with an ornery grin on his face that said, “Look what I figured out.”


I reminded him that he was not supposed to be on the top bunk and told him, “Now, jump to Dad!” He was hesitant, but I could tell deep down he wanted to. He stood up with his toes just off the edge of the mattress. “Now jump,” I told him. He got close, but just before jumping he backed out. I spent the next few minutes trying to coax him into jumping, reminding him over and over that, “Daddy’s strong and I’ll catch you.” Despite my best pleas that I would catch him, he wouldn’t jump. Each time he’d chicken out just before jumping.

Finally after what seemed like forever, he got too close to the edge, past the point of no return, and like it or not, here he came. I could see the terrified look on his face as he screamed in delight the whole way into my arms. I caught him perfectly and hugged him tight. I was hoping that he would learn that he could trust me. He immediately looked into my eyes and said excitedly, “WOW Daddy, that was cool. Let’s do it again!”

Sometimes I think I do God the same way. There are areas in my life that He pleads with me to jump out in faith to Him, but my fear holds me back. I teeter close to the edge wanting to jump, but can’t get up enough courage to do it. For some strange reason, I feel like I can’t trust him to control that area of my life. Sadly, I know that fear keeps me from reaching my potential and growing spiritually. Despite all the promises God has made to me in His word that He’s strong enough and that He’ll catch me, I sometimes still won’t jump.

So what can I do to put my fear behind me and jump to God? Max Lucado put it this way, “We need to remember that the disciples were common men given a compelling task. Before they were the stained-glassed saints in the windows of cathedrals, they were somebody’s next-door-neighbors trying to make a living and raise a family. They weren’t cut from theological cloth or raised on supernatural milk. But they were an ounce more devoted than they were afraid, and as a result, did some extraordinary things.”

That’s it … I want to be an ounce more devoted than I am afraid, because I want more than anything to be extraordinary in my faith. It’s a starting place. It doesn’t mean I don’t have fears, but instead my devotion and trust in God will outweigh my fears. I’ve jumped before, and every time it has been the ride of my life. More faith than fear is my goal because I want to jump like Cooper, wide-eyed and screaming with joy,WOW GOD, THAT WAS AWESOME. LET’S DO IT AGAIN.”

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. Angie says:

    Definitely relating. When you reach the point that all the signs God has given you have been so clear, and you begin to think that asking for one more might result in your getting hit upside the head with it….then you probably ought to go ahead and take that leap.

  2. Stoogelover says:

    You have no way of knowing just how much this post meant to me today.

  3. Adam Gonnerman says:

    I needed that. Thanks.

  4. Deb ;) says:

    This soooo spoke to my heart today! Thank you!

  5. Kim says:

    Thanks! I have really needed the reminder over and over lately to just trust God.

    So many times the facts in front of me look overwhelming. But over and over God shows me that His truth and power are so much bigger than what I can see with my own eyes and human perspective.

    Great post!

  6. Anonymous says:

    This is good! gmj

  7. Danny says:

    "but my fear holds me back"

    Fear is one of our foe's greatest and most effective weapons. Tough to overcome sometimes too.

    Thanks for the challenge, Trey.

  8. Carolyn V. says:

    Trey,
    Another great post! I am currently in a situation where I know I have to TRUST in GOD. Sometimes, that's easier said than done.

    I think back to other times in my life where I DID put my complete TRUST in HIM, and things turned out okay.

    I have had several friends to tell me to "Trust in HIM…things will happen in HIS time, not our time." I've come to understand this now and know that the fear is only temporary, but HIS Grace and Love are FOREVER.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I want to be like Cooper and overcome my fear. Especially today. Especially now. I want to jump.

  10. James Jones says:

    It is scary, and afraid I will mess up on MY jump.

    thanks for writing this!

  11. Anonymous says:

    There have been circumstances in my life over the past several years that had created a "heart of fear". But our Heavenly Father is patient and loving. He healed and restored and these places in my life all culminated with His affirmation through the lyrics from this Point of Grace song "Fearless Heart".

    For even the most trusting soul
    This world can be a scary place, yeah, yeah
    So much that we can't control
    In every moment that we face, yeah, yeah

    When a thousand what ifs
    Whisper in our ears
    We remember whose we are
    And watch them disappear

    I wanna live with a fearless heart
    Courage that's coming from trusting God
    It's constantly guiding me
    Though the road may seem dark
    I wanna live, wanna live with a fearless heart

    There are worries chasing everyone
    That's evident in times like these, yeah, yeah
    But I have found the confidence that comes
    From the time I spend on my knees, yeah, yeah

    There's a truth I'm holding onto
    As these days unfold
    Greater is He that is in me
    Than he that's in the world

    I wanna live with a fearless heart
    Courage that's coming from trusting God
    It's constantly guiding me
    Though the road may seem dark
    I wanna live, wanna live with a fearless heart

    He's my strength
    He's my shelter
    He is with me all the way
    He's my light and my salvation
    Of whom shall I be afraid
    Of whom shall I be afraid

    I wanna live with a fearless heart
    Courage that's coming from trusting God
    It's constantly guiding me
    Though the road may seem dark
    I wanna live, wanna live with a fearless heart

  12. Katherine says:

    Wow. I love this!! Definitely can relate to this…I had been asking God for years to send me somewhere…and when he called me to China, I was scared…but I KNEW He was calling me to jump out in faith, and I did. I won't say it has been the easiest, but I am SO glad I did!! It has been both challenging and an awesome blessing, and I can't imagine how it would be if I had not jumped and trusted.

    It's funny, because I just talked about this a few weekends ago at the ladies retreat…my entire lesson was on trusting. Do you remember participating in the trust fall? This has the same kind of connotation.

    I KNOW He is trustworthy. I KNOW He will catch me…He always has! So, why in the world do I ever worry? His arms are waiting to catch us and carry us. It is His perfect love that drives out fear, and I have to be constantly reminded to trust in that and remember to JUMP!!

    Thanks for the example and reminder!! You rock, Trey!! :)

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