Five Minute Friday — Dive

Here’s this week’s installment of Five Minute Friday. You might remember the task is to write for five minutes on a specific prompt word. The initiative was started by Lisa-Jo Baker (http://lisajobaker.com/five-minute-Friday/) who thought about writing and how often our perfectionism gets in the way of our words. And she figured, why not take five minutes and see what comes out: not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing.

So, the timer is set for five. The word for the week this week is DIVE … so here goes. {clock starts now}

There I was, about eight feet above the water, a scared seven year old who made the big mistake of listening to his friends.  “What if I break my neck?” “What if I drown?” What if I got hurt?” Those questions were swirling around in my head. But as the line started to form behind me and my friends started cheering and jeering, I knew it was time to just do it … dive into the placid pool.

It wasn’t a 10, but it was a clean entry into the water, a deep submersion and a quick exit to the top of the surface. I DID IT! I didn’t get hurt. I didn’t drown. I didn’t break my neck.

As I look back, don’t we all face that same feeling throughout life? It’s the fear that paralyzes us, not the action. It hits us in our personal lives, our professional lives and, yes, even in our spiritual lives. We don’t know what to expect so we procrastinate, we fill our minds with all sorts of crazy thoughts and … often do nothing.

Remember not calling that girl for a date? Remember not going back with your application for that first job? Remember …

Spiritually it’s the same thing. We don’t delve into Scripture because we can’t see the relevance of activity thousands of years ago. We skip our time joining with other believers because “we don’t know them”. We over-rationalize and get hung up on doctrine or procedures or order and lose sight of the exhilarating experience of being engulfed with the security of faith.

Think back to when you took a chance … on the diving board

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Well, that’s this week’s venture for better or worse. Five minutes is not a lot of time. It’s harder than you might think … but it’s a great discipline to help organize your thoughts!

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Being willing to laugh at yourself and at life’s ups and downs may be one of the greatest gifts you can have.

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4 Responses to Five Minute Friday — Dive

  1. “It’s the fear that paralizes us, not the action. It hits us in our personal lives, our professional lives and, yes, even in our spiritual lives. We don’t know what to expect so we procrastinate, we fill our minds with all sorts of crazy thoughts and … often do nothing.” This is so very true–and the only cure seems to be taking a step. Once things are underway, even if the task is routine and repetitive, I usually don’t mind doing it. It’s just the fear of starting. The fear, I guess, of diving in. 🙂

  2. I jumped off the diving board for the first time when I was 49! It’s just as scary and just as exhilarating! I agree with you about jumping into Scripture and delving deep into its relevance. I’ve found many times that those Ancient Words are just as meaningful to me and my life than they ever were long ago. Good post! Stopped by via FMF

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