Happy Leap Day! Yep. It’s been 4 years since we have been able to say that. I don’t fully understand the reasoning behind Leap day. My 10 year old son tried to explain it to me once but the blank stare I gave him made him quickly realize that he did not get his factoid memory from his mother. All I took from his lesson is that we get an extra day every 4 years. Cool!
On this Leap day I would like to propose a challenge. What would happen if we each took a literal leap on Leap day? What would it look like for each one of us to step out of our comfort zones and try something extraordinary? Try something different?
Now, I love my comfort zone just as much as the next guy, but I also know growth does not happen by staying comfortable. It happens when we take risks. When we step out. When we drop the familiar nets we have held for so long and leap.
Just to be clear, I am not talking about a ‘YOLO’ leap. You’ve heard of this trend. ‘You only live once’. Go for it! Throw caution to the wind and ‘just do it’. No. I’m talking about a prayerful risk. That little nudge God has been giving us. That wink. That whisper. That isolating habit we know we need to break. That unhealthy relationship we know is not helping us. That choice we need to make that would finally set us free. That child we know that needs a mentor. That neighbor who is lonely. That lost friend we see everyday. That family member we want to welcome home again.
What if today was the day? What if we finally answered His calling? What if we finally stepped out and said ‘God, I hear you. I trust you. I’m ready to leap.’ No more fear, hesitation, or excuses. No more putting it off for someone else to do. No more waiting for God to answer our demands, but answering His instead. Sometimes that’s how He responds to our needs. Not by giving us what we want but by asking us to give Him what He wants, our hearts. Friends, He wants us to leap. He wants us to risk it all for His kingdom, His people, His purpose. Faith is more than believing He will meet our needs. It’s also about trusting in His plan.
Imagine the love that would flow! Imagine how lives would be changed. Imagine how families and relationships would be repaired. Imagine how we would be changed. The ripple is unending. Our gain is infinite. He promises reward beyond our comprehension. We need only leap.
Written by Jessica Fackler