Just Jump

I do this thing called Crossfit.

Wait a minute, don’t tune me out.  There’s a point to this! We do this exercise called “Box Jumps” where you go from two feet on the ground to two feet on the box in one jump.

I’ve developed this hesitation with my feet where I do a foot shuffle and then jump.  I do it every time and it makes me so mad!  The reason this happens is I tripped once on the box and fell off.

Now, I have a small fear that I will do it again and get hurt.
I have programmed myself to do this and it hinders me from being quick on my feet and ultimately slows me down.  It makes it so much harder to do box jumps! That hurt I experienced has made me afraid to fail again. So here’s my point: Sometimes, this happens in life as well.

I am not a natural risk taker.  When it comes to risks in life, I evaluate everything. I analyze by thinking of all the outcomes, weigh out the pros and cons, and decide if it’s worth it (and usually it’s not).

If you are like me, this may seem like a good thing but in reality, this is no way to live life!  Fear gets in the way of strength being built.  If you’re afraid to jump on the box at Crossfit, you’ll never get better, faster or stronger. The “stutter step” will stay as long as you allow it to. FEAR stays as long as you allow it to.

If you are afraid of confronting someone who hurt you, you’ll never experience freedom and forgiveness.

If you are afraid of trusting God, you’ll never experience blessing.

If you are afraid of commitment, you’ll never experience fulfillment.

There are so many things we miss out on because of fear.

The “stutter step” in life is worry or fear. And when we “stutter step”, we don’t grow through something like failure. God has shown me lately that fear should not be a part of my reactions, my thoughts, or my relationships anymore.  Trusting Him (or jumping with two feet on the box) is how we get stronger!

2 Corinthians 12:19 says “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

When we are weak (fearful), that’s when God gets to show us His strength and power in our lives.  But in order for us to see God’s power, we have got to make those strong jumps with two feet.  God never said He was going to do everything for us.  He already gave us everything we need to love who he is, love people, and love the life he has given us.  Our job is to jump up with both feet in trust and boldness so He can show you and others around you who He is through His faithfulness in your life!

Meet Amber Miyasato

Amber Miyasato has been on staff at Hillcrest Church for three years.  She is the Operations Director, which means she oversees all media, promotion, office, and century projects.  Some of the things she enjoys are graphic design and Crossfit (Crossfit Seven Cities).  She loves to write and be creative in several different aspects. Her goal in life is to constantly grow in all areas so she can best reflect who Jesus is.

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