Sink, Swim, or Walk on Water

Full Speed Ahead

Last week we talked about goals, right? So, you set your goal and you’re super excited about it and you’re ready to achieve it. But what happens when you lose your momentum?

We’ve all been there one time or another. Well, maybe you’re awesome at everything and you haven’t but I have. In fact, I’ve probably already been there three times this week (and i’m awesome at everything). You get super excited about something, and you’re like, “Yeah, I’m gonna do this and it’s going to be so awesome and when I’ve achieved my goal I’m going to feel like I’m on top of the world.

Then a week goes by and you’re thinking it’s not as great as you expected. Then another week and you’re beginning to wonder if you’re wasting your time. Then another week and you’re beginning to question why you even wanted to be able to do ten pull-ups by the end of the year in the first place. It’s weird for girls to be strong, right? You couldn’t even do one pull-up at the beginning of the year and now you’re doing four. That’s good enough, right?


You’re Out of the Boat, Now What?

You all know the story of Peter walking on water, I’m sure. If not, just check out Matthew 14. Jesus’ disciples are on a boat when a storm hits. In the middle of the storm, they see someone walking towards him. At first they think it’s a ghost. But then they hear it say, “Guys, chill. It’s just me. Jesus.”

Good ol’ Peter is like, “Hah, okay. If it’s really you tell me to come to you on the water.” and Jesus is like, “Come on out, the water’s fine.”

So Peter gets out of the boat and is walking on the water all nice when, uh oh he starts to sink. What happened?


Why are you really losing your momentum?

Peter started to sink because he started to doubt. In Matthew 14:31, Jesus says, “Why did you doubt me?” Peter must have looked down and thought, “Wait a second? I’m walking on water? This is impossible!” Next thing he knew, he was getting slapped in the face by a giant wave.

Are you starting to doubt that you can achieve your goal of becoming physically healthy? I am. Every second of every day. Every time I go running or work out, I’m thinking in my head, “Who are you kidding? You’re not athlete. If you keep this up you’re going to throw up or pass out. You’ve done enough just quit now. You can’t do this.”

For real, though. That’s why I’m writing this post. I’m constantly doubting myself and sometimes it stops me from reaching my goal. But sometimes, it doesn’t.


Cry Out

When Peter starts sinking, he doesn’t give up there. He doesn’t let himself drown. How does he stop himself from drowning? He cries out to Jesus.

But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” -Matthew 14:30

If you’re doubting that you can do something, you’re probably right. If you’re relying on yourself alone, it’s going to be a hard time. But Matthew knew that Jesus could do literally anything. That’s why he didn’t say, “Peter, save yourself!”. He cried out for Jesus.

When you’re doubting yourself, realize that you’re right…you probably can’t do it, but thankfully, you have Jesus to help you through it. That’s what I do. Every time I’m doubting whether or not I can run another five minutes or do another set of exercises, I tell myself to shut up and realize that God will help me through it.

Maybe it sounds silly to you to ask God for help with your physical health. Why? People pray before tests, when they get pulled over, when they want a cute girl to say yes to a date with them…and those things aren’t really even important. (okay, maybe they are but I’m leaning more towards physical health in that debate)

Your physical health matters so much and it can completely change the way you live your life. If you’re in poor physical health, you’re not going to want to be going out after work and volunteering or you’re not going to want to interact with other people because you’re too tired or you won’t want to work on your spiritual health after work because you’re just too exhausted from working all day. What if you just constantly felt great and had energy to do things? Wouldn’t it be awesome?

Trust me, it is. If you clean up your diet by focusing on real food and not processed junk you’ll be surprised at how much better you feel and how much more energy you have.

Sorry, where was I? Got a little sidetracked. Right. Peter. Doubt. Stop relying on yourself and cry out for Jesus’ help when you’re doubting. With him, anything is possible.


Well, this isn’t really homework but one of my favorite preachers preached a great sermon on this passage and I think everyone should watch/listen to it. Here’s a link to a recap of the sermon but if you have the time I highly recommend listening to the entire message which can be found here under part six.

Have you let doubts get in your way? Tell me about it in the comments!

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  • David Bowen

    One night on the Sea of Galilee
    The wind was fierce and strong,
    The disciples clung to their little craft
    When Jesus came along

    He was walking on the water!
    What a sight to see!
    Ol’ Peter called to the Master,
    “Lord bid me come to thee!”

    The Lord told Ol’ Peter
    To step out of the tiny ship
    He said, “Just keep your eyes fast on me,
    And your feet, they will not slip!”

    Ol’ Peter walked on water
    While his eyes were on God’s Son.
    He couldn’t have gotten his feet wet
    If he had weighed a ton!

    Then he took his eyes off Jesus Christ,
    And he looked around and saw
    The wind so boisterous, the waves so tall,
    In doubt, he began to fall.

    But he cried out, “Lord save me,”
    As he began to sink.
    So Jesus stretched out His loving hand
    And snatched him from the brink!

    And Jesus said:
    “Oh, you of small believing,
    Why did you choose to doubt?”
    As He reached out so lovingly,
    And snatched Ol’ Peter out!

    Walk with God, believe His Word;
    And His promises you’ll receive.
    Don’t put your trust in what you see,
    You’ll have what you believe.

    Keep on praying, and never doubt,
    Be constant and believe
    That God makes good His Holy Word,
    All His promises you’ll receive.

    -David Bowen 2011

    • Lovely poem. Thanks for sharing!