Ideas are like fish. Do you want to stay in the shallow water? Or, go deeper?

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Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But, if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper. Down deep the fish are more powerful and more pure. They’re huge and abstract. And, they’re very beautiful. ~ David Lynch

With a wetsuit, mask, fins, air tank, and a tool belt, John stood in the shallow water. Behind him was a short walk across the beach and back to the parking lot where his car was parked. The ferry docks were off to the left. Million dollar homes ran up the coast to his right. But, ahead of him lay an underwater park filled with exotic plants and fish and sunken boats.

The real question is how much trust does John have? If John trusts his equipment and his training, he will dive into the water and see the magnificant underwater park. If John doesn’t have any trust in his equipment, he will see very little standing knee deep in the water. The choice of what to do lies with John.

To think that John, with no diving experience, just showed up at some shop and bought whatever equipment looked right. Then, took that equipment and just started diving is absurd. John spent time with an expert training and learning to trust in his equipment and his own skills so that he would have no trouble diving into the water and seeing that underwater park.

Ideas are like fish.

As followers of Jesus, it’s the same way with us. Just like John choosing to dive into the water, if we really want to dive in and search for, and find, the really cool, big ideas, we have to develop trust in the equipment that we’ve been given.

What equipment have we been given?

We’ve all been given special gifts, skills, and talents that are made unique by our unique experiences. All of us are special and have unique messages for the world to hear.

So, where do we develop trust in using our gifts and talents and skills?

We need to read the bible and start studying God’s promises to us. If we take baby-steps and learn to trust in those promises, then the really big and cool ideas for how to effectively use our gifts and talents and skills will come into focus.

Using our skills and talents and gifts is like searching for fish. Do you want to stay in the shallow water? Or do you want to go deeper.

The decision to dive deeper is up to us. It’s up to us because we’ve been given the greatest gift of all, freedom of choice.

God’s hands are out and are full of wonder.
He’s waiting for us.
He wants to help us.
He’s given us the bible as an instruction manual.
The big fish are waiting for us.
The choice to dive deeper is ours to make.
I don’t want to stand in the shallow end any more.

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