You’re gonna need a bigger boat (faith)

JAWS!  This movie forever changed how I see the ocean.  I used to love playing in the waves and then I watched JAWS.  In one scene, the shark flashes it’s head next to the boat and startles the sheriff, he sees the size of the shark and, backs into the captains cabin and says, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”

For me, this scene captures a picture of how life and faith interact.  You see, life flashes its teeth suddenly and in that moment, I hear, “You’re gonna need a bigger faith.”

I have been thinking a lot about faith these days.  In the bible, faith is THE single and only way God wants us to interact with Him.  Faith is what allows us to know God, love God, be loved by God, live justly, be forgiven, walk daily with God, overcome the razor sharp teeth of life, navigate change, find hope and… well like I said, faith is the single and only way God wants us to interact with him.

Faith is what produces God honoring actions in our life.  Faith is what turns belief into a deep and personal relationship with our creator.  Faith is what fuels courage, inspires hope and gives clarity in the dense fog of our days.  So if faith is so dang important and faith is so dang potent and if faith is such a big deal; why do so many of us wrestle with faith?  (I do have a few opinions on this question in case you were wondering.)

If you don’t mind, I am going to blog a bit about faith over the next few posts.  In these posts I am going to be a bit blunt, sometimes sharply commenting about some of what passes for teaching on faith.  In these posts I hope to encourage you, lifting the guilt many of us feel when we think our faith is too small and that God won’t listen until our faith at least eclipses a mustard seed.  I am inviting you to join me during these posts as I am attempting to grow my faith.  Together, maybe we can take some of the blurriness out of faith and in doing so, learn to better walk by faith and not by sight.

I cannot promise you that you will agree, I suspect some who read these words will not, that is okay with me if it is okay with you.   These posts are just my way of living into what my heart keeps saying, “You’re gonna need a bigger faith.”  Off… we go now.

~ by OFF we go now on May 18, 2011.

One Response to “You’re gonna need a bigger boat (faith)”

  1. Ha! I so remember the day I watched JAWS for the first time. I was 12 at the time & I’m still freaked out by it. I’m looking forward to this series on faith…I don’t want the “sharks” in my life to stop me from going-being-loving like Jesus…maybe it’s time for me to stop being “freaked out” by them. Jesus is bigger.

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