step into the unknown

What do you need to propel you forward?

Amy Poehler’s quote caught my eye. I like what it says and agree with her premise, but somehow it doesn’t feel complete.


I want to believe that Amy is describing my extrovert self. I talk to everyone, put all my cards on the table, and am not afraid to be the first to speak up. I love to try things for the first time and meet new people, even though these traits have resulted in some embarrassing moments.

On the other hand, I’d rather be prepared than wing it, and I always read the instructions before putting something together. Okay, let’s be really honest: I read the instructions (or recipes) but very seldom follow them exactly–pretty close but with a “necessary adjustment” here or there. I hate making mistakes, but my rule of thumb is, if you’re going to make a mistake, make it a doozy. Then, at least you have a funny story to tell.

Amy’s first two words–great people–gives me pause. Who do I consider to be great?

The followers of Jesus certainly didn’t follow Amy’s advice in the wake of their rabbi’s trial and death (read the Biblical Book of Acts). Even after they found out Jesus had risen from the dead, they fearfully continued to hide. They didn’t understand what was going on or know what would happen in the future. They huddled together full of indecision and fear. Then came Pentecost–a mighty wind rattled the house and these men and women were filled with the Holy Spirit. Their lives totally changed.

Jesus’ followers didn’t know more, didn’t understand the political situation more clearly, and certainly didn’t have a well-though-out game plan. And yet, they became great people. They put their faith into action and, with the help of the Holy Spirit, took the first step out of their comfort zone. And step followed step, accompanied by increasing faith.

There are times, situation, and crises in life in which we seek understanding. We want to know what’s up ahead so we can prepare and exercise a modicum of control when, in truth, we need to just step out in faith. What does that look like? Indiana Jones gives us this example. 

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1 (NLT)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)

Great people are those who live in step with what they believe.

A life-walk of faith begins with a single step.

A life-walk of faith means we have to leave something behind.

A life-walk of faith means we need to give God control even when there’s only enough light to see the first step we have to make.

What are you waiting for?

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