I’m “jumping” right to the point (no pun intended). We need to jump. I don’t know about you but I have been passively looking over the cliff wondering every “what if” and fearing my life’s outcome if I was to ever take the leap. Yet, in doing so, I have chosen DEATH to a life of “what if” when I stay on the edge. What am I waiting for? What are you waiting for? Why are we not jumping? It’s time to get in the game.
Author Brene Brown has stated in her book, “Dare Greatly” that one of the reasons we are afraid to take risks or try new things is because we have become disengaged to one another. It’s easier to stay quiet than to share stories, experiences, and ideas, than it is to engage with the world from a place of worthiness. We rather experience other people’s creativity than experience our own. Well, I’m here to tell you that what you have is enough and what you need is already inside of you to do, innovate, or make the very thing stirring inside of your belly.
I was listening to a video from Steve Harvey and it propelled me to write because I am passionate about this topic. I wish I can tell you that when you jump you will immediately experience the most incredible time of your life. I wish I can persuade you and myself into thinking that when we jump, everything will get better. I’m not here to sell a pitch or buy your applause. THE TRUTH IS THAT JUMPING IS SCARY! I don’t even get on roller coasters so why would I even consider cliff jumping on a regular in my life?! The truth is that when we jump, we will get cut by some rocks and our parachute will not open right away. The truth is….if we don’t jump, we will never have the opportunity to soar. The truth is….if we don’t jump, we will never know what can be with all of the potential locked up inside of us.
There’s a story in the Bible about two sisters Mary and Martha in Luke 10: 38-42 that helps illustrate this point. Most people would not consider this text related to a topic such as this because many use this story in regards to Martha being too busy with serving and ministry while Mary choosing the better to sit at the feet of Jesus. It’s a story of choosing the ONE THING, a continued focus on Jesus, while also knowing how to serve. But hear me out. I think it’s more than Mary just choosing… Mary discovered a great TREASURE and she DARED and RISKED to engage Him. In the context of her time and situation, it was not common for woman to sit under teaching, nor was it known when she will ever get a chance to see Jesus again. She chose the better, and what she did will not be taken from her.
In your context and situation today, will you DARE and RISK to seize the treasure hidden inside of you? The job demands will always be there. Your daily chores will always be there. Your bills and other important obligations will continue to pop up. Life goes on. But will you dare stop and enjoy Jesus instead of trying to serve Him all the time? Will you risk starting your own business? Will you dare talk to that neighbor that’s been on your heart for a while? Will you risk your reputation to possibly look like a “fool” for believing in a dream that only you can see? Will you take creative risk in this moment of time and Jump? It’s not going to be easy, but it’s well worth it. We need creativity and authenticity more than ever and we won’t get it unless we all jump.
I want to leave you with some nuggets by Tiffany Shlain that will help you and I in the process of creativity to jump the cliff and explore the adventure that God wants us to have. Be Blessed! Be Revealed!
- Act on and go off your “Hunch”
- Talk about it with your community! Yes, this means you have to be vulnerable.
- Be a sponge. Read voraciously and ask a lot of questions.
- Endure the confusion and darkness stages. You will have to wrestle and rumble with somethings.
- Take a breather.
- Make room for grace and receive criticism.
- Celebrate your small victories.
- Review and find the missing link to bring it all together.
- Know when you’re done. Repeat 🙂
“There was a very cautious man, who never laughed or cried. He never cared; He never dared; He never dreamed or tried. And one day when he passed away, his insurance was denied. For since he NEVER REALLY LIVED, they claimed he NEVER DIED.” ~ Jeanne Mayo