Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Just Jump in!

On August 19, 1979, US swimmer Kim Lineham won the world record in the women’s 1500 meter freestyle. She held this record until 1987 until it was surpassed by US swimmer Janet Evans. At the time, Kim was the best female distance swimmer in the world. She had a training regiment that was rigorous and that kept her in the pool for 7-10 hours every day. After winning the world record she was asked by a reporter, “Kim what is the hardest part of your training regiment each day which has brought you victory?” Kim Lineham replied, “Just getting in the water.”

All across America churches stand on the threshold of doing something amazing for the Lord. There is a new ministry to be started, a new strategy to be implemented, new small group classes to begin, or some new and creative ways to do ministry. The problem with many of our churches and leaders is not that they do not know what to do or what it takes to reach people for Christ. The real challenge we face when it comes to doing new ministry or attempting something great for the Lord is simply choosing to begin.

Let me encourage you with a couple of things. First, begin something today and make it extraordinary. In other words, what could you and your church attempt in reaching people for Christ that if God doesn’t get involved in the process you will fail? It is time to have a God-sized vision and begin something extraordinary. Second, begin something today with no more excuses. It is time to overcome fears, stop listening to critics, and start trusting God to do something great in and through you. Finally, begin something today and be a good example. New things reach new people. When this happens let this become momentum that leads to the start of many more new ministries and strategies. We can reach people for Christ, but to do so we just get in the water!