Writing to the Church at Ephesus, about the ferocity of the spiritual struggle that is the Christian life, Paul penned: “…and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand…” [Ephesians 6:13b-14a] I understand this to mean: “after you’ve given everything in you to stand, keep standing!”

My friend Ennio Salucci has, for almost twenty years, championed me to live a life of bold, decisive action. He says it this way: Throw your body into the middle of the room, and see what God does with it!

Many times since then when I’ve been facing threatening and complex problems that I have no wisdom, experience, or ability to adequately address, I coach myself: “Throw your body into the middle of the room, Kirk, and see what God does with it!”

I picture myself grabbing myself by the scruff of my neck and tossing my body into the middle of the mess. Right into the center of the chaos. THERE, I’m confident I’ll find Jesus waiting for me.

Notice, he’s not here on the sidelines. No, Jesus is there, in the muck and mire waiting for me to arrive. He’s ready to show himself strong on my behalf. [2 Chronicles 16:9]

To fully participate in the life God has given us, knowing that in ourselves we’re not enough, is to apprehend the adventurous life.

See you there!

-Kirk Kirlin, from the book “Leadership Courage,” more at www.KirlinCoaching.com/blog/

 

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