To some extent, we are all armchair quarterbacks, backseat drivers, or otherwise critics of those who are accomplishing extraordinary things. Thus, when God calls us to do something great, often, our first consideration is whether others will criticize us. For this reason, I really admire Peter, who, when he saw Jesus walking in the storm, asked: “Lord, if it is you…tell me to come to you on the water.” And when Jesus said, “Come,” Peter got out of the boat, walked on the water toward Jesus. (Matthew 14:28-29)

If Peter had any thoughts about his critics—it wasn’t enough to stop him from having an extraordinary experience with Christ.

Similarly, a speaker at a fundraiser for a crisis pregnancy center, who related how she’d chosen climbing the corporate ladder over three of her unborn children said: “Don’t be afraid to get out of the boat and walk on the water.” This was after her career choices had taken precedence over three of her unborn children—each of whom she had aborted. Miraculously, God took her off the corporate ladder and put her on a much richer path. She said, “she finally got out of the boat.”  

We may criticize Peter for losing faith and sinking, but some of us never even get out of the boat. Are we too afraid of the waves of criticism? What great miracles are we missing? Thus, we set safe goals—goals that we are confident WE can accomplish. This is choosing to stay in the boat.

We need to live like Peter and know that when God is speaking to us, we can do what He says even if it appears foolish or impossible. We are not Him. His thoughts are far above ours. We need to know that He is bigger than the waves of criticism! No matter who we are or what we have done, we can get out of the safety of the boat and do mighty things through His power! 

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