I Can’t Dive (Part 1)

Matt Norman —  August 23, 2011

Growing up each year we spent a week at the beach. One year, our trip happened to coincide with the Summer Olympics. Between beach time and other activities we spent quite a bit of time watching the Olympics. I guess this viewing made its way into my mother’s dream. Late one night while we were all sleeping we were all awakened by the sound of my mother screaming, “I can’t dive!!” That was over 20 years ago, but it still often comes up in family gatherings.

In the dream my mother was having she found herself on the Olympic diving team and being asked to dive for the gold medal in the Summer Olympics. She was faced with something that she had never done. She was being asked to do something that she felt utterly unprepared and completely unqualified to do.  Many of us felt the same way when we were first asked to work in the children’s ministry.  Many of us may still feel this way.

For my mother, her feelings lead to a verbal outburst that awoke the entire family. Many of us have probably found ourselves with a similar desire to scream. My goal with this series of articles is to help you get past that desire to scream. Hopefully I can help you to feel a little less anxious. Maybe by the end of this, I will be able to convince you that you can dive.

Matt Norman

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Matt is married to his high school sweetheart Kim and together they have two wonderful kids. Matt is a part time children’s pastor at The Rock of Winter Haven, in the appropriately named town of Winter Haven, Florida. In his spare time Matt is an avid automotive enthusiast and a self confessed computer nerd and tech junkie.