The Tragedy of the Unopened Gift

To sinful patterns of behavior that never get confronted and changed,
Abilities and gifts that never get cultivated and deployed –
Until weeks become months and months turn into years,
And one day you’re looking back on a life of
Deep intimate gut-wrenchingly honest conversations you never had,
Great bold prayers you never prayed,
Exhilarating risks you never took,
Sacrificial gifts you never offered,
Lives you never touched;
And you’re sitting in a recliner with a shriveled soul,
And forgotten dreams,
And you realize there was a world of desperate need,
And a great God calling you to be part of something bigger than yourself –
You see the person you could have become but did not;
You never followed your calling.
You never got out of the boat.


Preacher’s point – This is the final week of the year 2015.  As you look back upon it can you relate to any of the words in the above article?  Was there more you intended to do that remains undone?  The last line reminds me of a statement that relates to the account involving Peter in Matthew 14:22-33: if you want to walk on water, you have to get out of the boat. 

Do you need to take that first step?  Don’t wait until January 1.  There are things you need to be doing between now and then.  You may not even still be alive to start then.  Get out of the boat now, and you’ll already be on your way when the new year begins.