“Batteries not included” is one of the most dreaded toy labels for any parent, auntie, or guardian to discover. For many of us growing up, our Christmas list usually consisted of one or more toys that did not come with batteries. Toys like Teddy Ruxpin, Furby and the Talk Back Diary were hot commodities in the 1980s and early ’90s, but none of them included batteries.
Unfortunately, most manufacturers of toys don’t budget enough to include batteries in the boxes, and quite honestly, many don’t want to give away any freebies. While I understand why many companies don’t include them, it does make for an epic fail if you purchase the toy and forget the batteries.
What I have come to realize along my journey is that no matter how much money we spend, where we shop, or what we buy, our breakthrough will never be included in the purchase. You may get the house based on your excellent credit, but the home is built through the growth and challenges that the love inside of it brings.
When Jesus walked on water in Matthew 14, the breakthrough of faith wasn’t for him, but his disciples. When Peter saw the vision of Jesus on the water, he couldn’t believe what he was seeing. When Jesus told him to come out on the water, Peter didn’t know that his breakthrough was about to occur.
Getting out of the boat to walk on water is the hardest thing you will do in your life. Be it starting your business, blog or podcast, to joining the gym; your breakthrough will be found on the water, outside of the boat. You will be uncomfortable and pushed past uncertainty the moment you step out, but to be the boss you have to pay the cost. You will have to walk on water.
The fine print of your life is tricky, but the only person who has to decipher it is you. As much as you believe in God, believe that you deserve the super-sized life that he has for you. Stop counting yourself out and count on winning. The breakthrough is sold separately, but it’s money well spent. Walk on water this week.