I recently escaped down to Cannon Beach, Oregon with my family. With the last 8 months busy with living in Ottawa, working on Parliament Hill and speaking tours both internationally and across Canada, I was long overdue for a beach day!
There are few things in the world that bring me more joy than a day spent on the ocean! I was made for days spent soaking in the clean ocean air, dancing in the waves, feeling the sand move beneath my feet and basking in the presence of God.The beauty, power, strength and size of the Pacific Ocean astound me. I’ve always lived on the West Coast. Born on Vancouver Island and raised on BC’s Sunshine Coast, there isn’t anywhere else in the world where I feel more at home. Standing safe on the vast and rolling sandy banks of Cannon Beach, I watched as wave after wave crashed upon the famous Haystack Rock. Moving forward and wading into the water as deep as my gum-boots could take me, I felt the invigorating salty spray rise up as the powerful ocean waves collided against my body and rolled past me onto the awaiting shoreline. The wet sand and rushing salt water embraced each other as if they were old friends reunited.
There in the tension between the steadfast shoreline and the free-spirited ocean, is where I feel most alive!
There’s something about this tension that speaks more to me than just feeling alive….it is in the philosophy of life itself. Every day we stand in the gap between fear and fulfillment, fear and freedom, fear and finding what we were made for. Why do we allow fear to control our lives, define us and stop us from becoming the people that God is calling us to be? Why do we allow fear to prevent us from taking a stand and fighting for the freedom of others?
It’s time to step out into the water…
I challenge you to cast your fears aside and step out in faith to become the person who you were born to be….finally realizing what true freedom feels like. You will be most happy and most fulfilled when you are passionately living what you were made for. Let’s stop selling ourselves short and settling for less than God has planned for us!