Boat-Sitters & Water-Walkers

Don’t most Bible stories just sound crazy! Really!

I’ve been mowing through books with a newly sharpened blade lately. One of them is a 171 page work that expands on a Lion Chasing warrior from the Bible named Benaiah. It’s titled “In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day.” by Mark Batterson and I highly recommend it!

(As some of you may have noticed, my Spiritual growth, like the garden out back of my house, has taken strong root and has now begun to sprout vibrant green shoots!)

This same book also relates a small passage about Peter and Jesus that I want to share with you today. This passage also explains why most of America is living paycheck-to-paycheck in generally poor financial health…

I am now quoting from ‘In a Pit with a Lion’…

Sink or Sit

Peter gets a bum rap. Peter is the only disciple who denied Christ three times, but he was the only one who got close enough to Jesus to get caught. Peter is the disciple who impulsively cut off Malchus’ ear when the lynch mob came to arrest Jesus, but he was the only one who came to Jesus’ defense. And he is the disciple who sinks in the Sea of Galilee, but he was also the only disciple who walked on water.
It’s so easy to criticize Peter from the comfortable confines of the boat.
I think there are two kinds of people in the world: creators and criticizers. There are people who get out of the boat and walk on water. And there are people who sit in the boat and criticize water walkers.”…

At 3 in the morning, in the middle of the sea, out of 12 disciples in the boat who saw Jesus out on the water, who they thought was a ghost – Peter got up, jumped ship and walked toward Christ. He doubted Jesus once out on the waves and the wind. He even started to sink, but then was saved by the Son of Man.

How do we relate this to money? Well metaphors and me is friends, ya know!

Why do we hear complaints that Most of the wealth in America is held by the very few? Why does it seem unfair that the smaller percentage enjoy all the money, while most of us struggle along?

Are we really prepared for this answer?

As it has been for all time: Only one out of 12 are willing to get out of the boat. Only 1 out of 12 are willing to do what the others won’t do. 1 out of 12 take the chance to try the unthinkable!

There are lots of areas of life this lesson belongs to, but one for sure is on this financial blog.

Most of society has beliefs about how money works; what’s important to spend our dollars on. Our majority has a group mentality that we’ve learned from each other, corporations, advertising and the news; about safety, stability and “stuff-itis”. We even look up to the ‘normal’ folks around us who ‘seem’ to have it all… well, my friends, Most of society is broke and sitting in the boat, criticizing the water-walkers!

My point would never be that broke people are bad people, or that boat-sitters are less than water-walkers… but, for me, I know the joy that freedom from debt and taking that risk can bring you. I also know, that I’m not any more special than anyone else. Debt freedom is possible for anyone. We are ALL special and deserve the best!!

So, when you hear about the weird financial ideas of:

  • Setting up a monthly budget committee meeting
  •  Using an envelope with cash at the store
  • Cutting back on extras and beginning to pay down your debts
  • Putting serious cash into Investments for your future
  • and even, Never Borrowing Money Again!

Ask yourself, if these are the types of crazy things that only someone who would jump out of a boat in the middle of lake would do…

If so… For me… I can tell you what I would do… Go For It!!

Create your fantastic financial future today. It is possible for you, and it is worth it. Ask yourself if you are one of the water-walkers, or if you are still a boat-sitter??

Since this blog has a very small unique readership…  I like to believe that We are all Water-Walkers! Let me know how your journey to financial freedom is going. I have no supernatural power, but I love you more than you know. I DO want to see you dancing on the debt-free waves with me soon!

And… to reinforce what I’ve alluded to already… NONE of this is possible without our Creator and Savior, so Give Thanks!!

Take Care Till Next Week!


Aaron Nichols

True North Financial Fitness Coaching

Got a leaky Wallet? Bulging budget or none at all? Dilapidated Debt that you’re sick of living with?  You are losing hard earned dollars every month! Let me show you how to spackle the cracks and firm up your financial foundation. DIY or using my professional services, either way, the best time to fix your finances is Now!

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