“If you want to walk on water you’ve got to get out of the boat”

Some thoughts from Joe Jannetta who writes………

I was reading a book the other day and thought this would probably benefit many Christian

 

 

Frank Laubach – Focussing on Christ from John Ortberg’s book “If you want to walk on water you’ve got to get out of the boat”.
Here are some thoughts based on his recommendations for staying focussed on Christ

1 In a social setting whisper God or Jesus quietly as you glance at each person near you. Practise double vision as Christ does –  see the person as he is and the person as Christ wants him to be


2 At mealtime have an extra chair at the table to remind you of the presence of Christ. As you see it or touch it remember his words “lo I am with you always”


3 While reading a book or magazine read it to him.  Laubach asks “have you ever opened a letter or more likely clicked on an email these days and read it with Jesus” realising that he smiles with us at the fun, rejoices with us in the successes, and weeps with us in the tragedies. If not you have missed one of life’s sweetest experiences.


4 When problem solving at work instead of talking to yourself about the problem develop a new habit of talking to Christ. This is after all what Peter did with his problem of sinking in the waves. As Laubach back says “many of us who have tried this have found that we think so much better that we never want to try to think without him again.


5 Keep a picture of Christ or a cross or a word from scripture someplace where you will see it just as you’re going to sleep.  Allow God to have the last word of the day then let your eyes and mind begin there in the morning.  Laubach writes “as we open our eyes and see a picture of Christ on the wall we may ask ‘now Master shall we get up?’  [ if you’re not a morning person you may need a definite word from the Lord on this question].  Some of us whisper to him our every thought about washing and dressing in the morning, about brushing our shoes and choosing our clothes.  Christ is interested in every trifle because he loves us more intimately than a mother loves her babe.

The power of such practises Laubach discovered is not simply that they changed the patterns of his mind though that in itself has considerable power; the real significance of this way of life is that it opened him wide to spiritual reality and power that was in fact all around him all the time like a radio antenna suddenly tuned into the right frequency.  It convinced him that there are as he put it in one wonderful phrase “an undiscovered continent of spiritual living” available to anyone who would diligently open themselves up to them.  Laubach’s extraordinary practise all focusing on Christ began in his mid 40s and led to a remarkable life.  He became perhaps the most influential literacy advocate of his time travelling to 103 countries to lead a worldwide literacy programme.  He founded the World Literacy Crusade which is still in operation.  He developed the Each One Teach One programme that continues to this day.  Without formal appointment he became an influential foreign policy adviser to U S presidents during the post World War Two years. He wrote books about focussing on Christ that have sold hundreds of thousands of copies.  He walked on the water but the art he really mastered was focussing on Christ.