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Can you walk on water?

When Jesus told Peter to, “Get out of the boat”, he didn’t hesitate.  He didn’t stop to over-think the situation or over-analyse, he just did it.  So why are we so hesitant to step out of our own comfort zone?  Why do we not put ourselves forward more often?  Why do we convince ourselves that we simply aren’t good enough? In my career in charity, I climbed to the position of Chief Executive Officer and I quietly, inwardly questioned, “How did that happen?”   As a teenager (nearly 50 years ago), I was not a very likeable person, though I met a beautiful girl and I married her 40 years ago.  Again, I question, “How did that happen?”  I kind of fell into being a youth worker and a Christian Rap Artist, impacting thousands of young lives, but still, that question lurked in the back of my mind, “How did that happen?”  I now know that this negative thinking about our own abilities is referred to as, ‘Imposter-Syndrome. ’ This lack of self-belief is in us all at different levels.  Soon aft

Is Knowledge Power?

In 1597, Sir Francis Bacon  published his work, Meditationes Sacrae.  In it he first used the phrase, “Knowledge is power” and the world believed him.  Throughout the centuries since, people have craved knowledge and more knowledge. “I have two degrees”, quips the first person.   “I have three”, brags another.   A farmer eavesdropped as they passed him, then, commented, “Yet, you are ignorant, rude and have no common sense.   You ignored me and my sign and now my bull is going to get you… You had best run.” I spent many years believing that Francis Bacon was right, that is until I had a ‘Eureka’ moment and I started to share my knowledge openly.   The farmer above shared his little bit of knowledge and he averted a potential fatal wounding.   In my charity development work, I had risen to the considered powerful position of CEO, but it wasn’t until I stepped down from that position and started to share my knowledge that I had a revelation.   The recipients of my help now regarded me