Are you Stepping Out or Staying in The Boat? By Sue Seward

Are you Stepping Out or Staying in The Boat?

For all those years I spent building a business in the Network Marketing profession there was ups and downs and I certainly had my share of risk-taking.   

It was in 1988 when I first took that leap of faith. I still remember the courage it took to get up in front of people at a meeting to share my story and why I was doing what I was doing.  Then it took even more faith and courage later down the road as I began to speak on conference calls and then to larger groups and then to over 4,000 while on stage in Salt Lake City in the year 2000.  It’s been such a pleasure to share my story and experiences for all these years to those who have been open to listening and bold enough to take that first step!  Here’s something I wrote during my career that I hope will encourage and inspire you to be bold!

Are you Stepping Out or Staying in The Boat?

Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.”  Matthew 14:28

What made Peter decide to step out of the boat?  Why in the world did he suddenly think he could walk on water?  Was he really that bold? Well, you might say it’s because he had seen Jesus open blind eyes, cleanse the lepers, and do all those miraculous wonderful things he did.”  Yes, that’s true.  But the other disciples, who were right there in the boat with him that night, experienced the same storm, the same miracles and they didn’t budge.  Why not?

First, Peter believed Jesus was who He claimed to be.  As he stepped out of the boat he had his eyes fixed on Jesus, not on himself.  His faith was ignited deep down inside.  At that moment, he became on fire, and he believed he could do what God placed in his heart.  Jesus said, “Peter, you want to step out of that boat?” and Peter said, “Yes, of course, I do.”  Peter stepped out of the boat and he walked on the water.  Many people say, “Yeah, but he started to sink.”  Yes, that’s true, but he did walk on water more than anyone else in that boat ever did!

He had the courage to act and step out of the boat with sheer boldness because he believed!

Perhaps we need to be as bold as Peter instead of sitting comfortably in the boat waiting for something to happen.  Jesus is calling us to step out – become proactive and combine our faith with action by saying things like, “it’s my time to be transformed.  I’ve seen it happen for others, but now it’s my time to see God’s blessings and favor.  It’s my time to step out and accomplish the dreams and purpose God has for my life!  It’s my time to step out and replace bad habits with good ones.  This is my season of success.  This is my season of increase and promotion, my season of blessing.  It’s my time to shine!    It’s my time to                             .   YOU fill in the blank!  It’s time to take that leap (action) and step out of the boat in faith!

When we have that kind of attitude, we’re saying in effect what Peter said.  “God, can I come walk with you? I believe it’s my time now.”  Notice what Jesus said next, “Peter, I like your attitude of faith.  I like the fact that you believe you can do great things.  Your faith can move mountains!  Be bold because it’s your chance to walk on water with me!”

What’s been holding you back?  Are you still sitting in the boat?  What are you waiting for?  The economy to change? Your job to change?  Your finances to change?  People to change?  Your family to change?  You to change?

Maybe it’s your chance right now to be bold enough to walk on water!

Personally, truth be known, it’s taken a huge leap of faith to act and step out of the boat.  Life isn’t always easy.  At times it can be quite frustrating, and sometimes hard to carry on.   Maybe that’s kind of what Jeremiah was thinking.  No one’s listening, no one’s acting, everyone’s at a standstill, nothing’s happening.  No God said… I have a plan for you, a plan to prosper you and not harm you.  Plans to give you hope and a future!   Now, are you going to be bold and step out or just play it safe and stay in the boat?

“Storms in life will come and go for all of us. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side – it’s never really a surprise, just be prepared when the storms hit!”

With God ALL things are possible!  Never Give Up!

Living Life With Purpose!

Sue Seward has been networking online starting her home business in 1996.  She’s had a full-time career in the Network Marketing profession for over twenty years and lives at Lake Travis in Spicewood, Texas with her husband and their awesome Aussie dog Titan. They have two amazing sons out on their own who are developing their own successful careers. Learn More about Sue on her blog at è

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