A little motivation for your Monday
A bigger life is waiting for you, right past the breakers.
Go out to the beach in the morning and you’ll watch the surfers paddle through wave after crashing wave, just so they can go sit in calm water.
It seems counterintuitive: going through so much work to battle against waves, just to sit behind them and wait.
But, as all surfers know, the best waves are past the breakers. You have to be willing to get past them, to forgo the easy, cheap thrill they can provide. You have to be willing to work harder, then wait.
You have to trust the ways of the ocean.
Under the surface far out at sea, the waves have been building long before your eyes could see them. But then, they start to surge up to the surface. The experienced surfers will see it first, turn around, and start paddling.
And sure enough, the ripple a few yards out becomes a big wave, that curls up and carries them into a great ride, one that lasts longer, holds more opportunity, allows the rider to revel in his energy and talent as he weaves up and down or crouches under to be covered up and appear on the other side.
The smile on the face of a surfer who just had a ride like that explains why all the work and waiting is worth it: in that moment, he felt fully alive.
And so, they all come back morning after morning to work and to wait, to experience it again.
We can choose to live life in the breakers, take the cheap thrills and the short cuts, do just enough to get by, in life and with God. But, we’ll never feel the peace and fulfillment that waits for us beyond this comfort zone.
But on the other side of it, if we trust and we wait, are greater joys, deeper peace, and the fullness of life that can only be experienced if we take up our crosses (and boards) and carry them, after Him.
It will make you so weak, but in the moment that life surges through you like those waves building around you, you will know that God has made you stronger than you ever could have fathomed. Then, you’ll stand with Him and live to your fullest potential.
Are you ready?