I recently listened to a business training. The term "belief bubble" was brought up through out the training. And while it was for business; I couldn't help but associate it with my walk with God.
HE spoke of a man named Charles Blondin. His greatest fame came on September 14, 1860, when he became the first person to cross a tightrope stretched 11,000 feet (over a quarter of a mile) across the mighty Niagara Falls. People from both Canada and America came from miles away to see this great feat.
He walked across, 160 feet above the falls, several times... each time with a different daring feat - once in a sack, on stilts, on a bicycle, in the dark, and blindfolded. One time he even carried a stove and cooked an omelet in the middle of the rope!
A large crowd gathered and the buzz of excitement ran along both sides of the river bank. The crowd “Oohed and Aahed!” as Blondin carefully walked across - one dangerous step after another - pushing a wheelbarrow holding a sack of potatoes.
Then a one point, he asked for the participation of a volunteer. Upon reaching the other side, the crowd's applause was louder than the roar of the falls!
Blondin suddenly stopped and addressed his audience: "Do you believe I can carry a person across in this wheelbarrow?"
The crowd enthusiastically yelled, "Yes! You are the greatest tightrope walker in the world. We believe!"
"Okay," said Blondin, "Who wants to get into the wheelbarrow."
You see the crowds belief went only as far as a spectator. When called to believe enough to risk it all, their belief wasn't active. The cheers quieted.
When I think about this story, I am grieved by my own heart. So many times my words, worship, and prayers echo the cheers of the crowd. In theory I believe. In words it all sounds great. But what are my actions shouting out to the world around me? What are your actions shouting to the world around you? We must be honest with ourselves, less we find that our belief bubbles are a facade. The thing is, if we REALLY believe, our lives will be bold, our actions unhindered, our giving radical, and our lives will be unstoppable.
I don't know about you, but just as Jesus called Peter out of the boat, and Blondin called the crowd into the wheelbarrow; I want to dare to climb out, or climb in. Simply put, I want my life to be on the move with Jesus led action. How about you?
Life is Beautiful!