I saw this quote posted by a friend of mine this week, and have been pondering on it for a few days. You know how it is when something strikes you, but you need to digest it because the meaning is more than what meets the eye at first?
Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. Andre Gide
On face value it is easily understood that true faith is not in what is seen, but what is unseen and often un-achieved. We must leave our mothers womb, venture out to new horizons, trust that the plan God has is much better than our own limited scope of the universe, and believe that through it all, God is with us even when we don't see his answers yet.
But deeper than that is how attached we are to things that we cannot let go of. Addiction in many forms comes from not wanting to lose sight of shore, complacency comes from being comfortable and unwillingness to step out of the box, and we often mistake safety for not wanting to face the dangers of change. Ancccd that word, change, to many of us that is something we don't want to do again and again. We want stability.
Yet I never see Jesus being stable in life, he was always on the move, always encouraging change, and he led his disciples into a life always on the move. They never got attached to something that was not about their God. They left their Jerusalem for parts unknown doing things that had never been done before.
They were pioneers of faith, just as the builders of our country were pioneers of a new land. May we never lose sight of the fact that our main goal in life is not to be complacent, secure and conservative, but instead is a constant adventure of leaving the shore of our earthly gatherings to seek a Clear Vision of what our faith is all about.
It's in the book, Go Ye Therefore.....and don't be afraid to lose sight of the shore!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.