We all need just a little push
A very wealthy man once bought a huge ranch in Arizona and he invited some of his closest friends out to see it. He took his friends on an all day tour of his ranch. He had cattle, horses and various other livestock as far as the eye could see. The house was just as spectacular as the scenery. Behind the house was the largest swimming pool you have ever seen. However, this huge swimming pool was filled with alligators.
The rich man explained, “I value courage more than anything else. Courage is what made me a millionare. In fact, I think that courage is such a powerful virture that if anybody is courageous enough to jump in the pool and swim through those alligators and make it to the other side, I will give them anything they want and I mean anything!”
Everybody just laughed at the absurd challenge and they all followed the owner into the house for dinner, when all the sudden they heard a loud splash. Turning around they saw this guy swimming for his life trying to get across the pool to the other side. He was thrashing at the water as the alligators swarmed after him.
After sever death-defying seconds, the man made it unharmed to the other side. The host was amazed. But he was a man of his word.
He said, “You are truly a man of courage. What do you want? You can have anything. Just say it and it is yours.” The swimmer, trying to catch his breath, looked up at the man and said, “I just want to know who pushed me into the pool?”
Do you need someone to give you a little push to live the Christian life? It is no doubt the greatest life that anyone could ever live. It seems at times, that life is like swimming the length of the pool filled with alligators. When we try to live our lives without God we are just asking for trouble. Why not exert a little courage and stand up for those things that are right and get more involved? Do you need a little push?