Recently, a friend of mine, Jim Rubart, sent me a short piece he’d written. I liked it so much, I asked if I could borrow it to share with the Group. He agreed, so I’m pleased to present this nugget of inspiration for your edification today…
“Throw Caution To the Wind? Not Good Enough. We Must Crush It”
by Jim Rubart
Last summer I stood on the edge of a twenty-foot cliff overlooking the crystal waters of Lake Chelan, and willing my heart rate to subside to 160.
It wasn’t the fear of jumping. I’d already done that ten times at least.
It was the addition of a flip.
We’d been cliff-jumping for over an hour when my thrill-seeking buddy A.C. flipped from the cliff and sputtered to the surface with a laugh and a challenge.
I ignored it.
My eleven-year-old, Micah did not.
I went and stood beside Micah as he worked through the pros and cons of flipping. I wish I could say my attention was 100% on him and his choice, but I shifted between encouraging him and trying to make the voice inside shut up, the voice that kept saying, “If he does it, you have to do it.”
Micah’s flip was perfect. A silky smooth rotation, feet smashing into the azure water, his face beaming when he surfaced.
At that point I made a deal with God, not yet willing to accept my fate. I bargained that if someone came up and asked if I was going to flip, I’d do it. If not, I’d leave with a millstone of fear and regret hanging around my neck.
A minute later my wife approached.
And A.C.’s wife got a picture of my death-defying flip.
What’s your flip—the thing in your life you know you must do? Mend a relationship? Quit a job? Write that book?
Too often I live with caution as my intimate friend, when it is often my most insidious enemy.
The thing that came to mind as you read this? You need to do it.
In the moment following the one it takes to commit to that flip, you’ll see what freedom comes when caution is crushed.
Next time, Jim will answer a few questions about his fiction and his take on the fast-growing Christian fiction industry. We’ll pick up with him then.