When a Dive Attempt… Bellyflops (Five Minute Friday)

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Oh hey. Sorry, didn’t see ya there. I was just doing my finger calisthenics and warming up for my weekly Five Minute Friday Finger Sprint with our friend Lisa Jo.

Five Minute Friday

Here’s how it works. Lisa Jo gives us a prompt. Then we write for five minutes whatever profound (or not-so-profound) thoughts comes to mind. No excessive editing or overthinking. Just going with the flow, writing then linking up in our FMF community.

Enough chit chat. Let’s get started.

Todays prompt: DIVE

And GO!


I’ve always admired them. Their rehearsed, graceful form… The simple, smooth way they slice through the water… It didn’t matter if it was at our local pool growing up or on TV at the Olympics– I’ve always wanted to learn to dive. Gracefully.

That’s the kicker– gracefully. Now, if you have known me for more than 14 seconds, you will know there is nothing graceful about me. Entertaining, perhaps. Graceful? Not so much.

I remember those early days of my youth at swim lessons where the lifeguards would instruct me on proper form– where my hands should go, how close to stand to the water… Then (allegedly) how to just dive right in with all of the elegance and grace of an Olympian.

Alas, I have never been able to achieve that feat. Sure, it’s been a hot minute since I have even tried to dive and I know it’s possible… but most often, I end up belly flopping.

When it comes to our walk with Christ, we might not get it perfectly right the first time. Or the second time. Or the 5o0th time.

But just like diving, we can keep on trying.

I personally believe that God is pleased that we are striving to be obedient– even on the days when we fall short and belly flop. I wholeheartedly believe that He is pleased we are even getting in the water.

Our form might not be perfect. We might never be at level of a high-flying Olympic diver when it comes to following Christ. But don’t stop getting in the water, even when your well-intentioned dive bellyflops. Because for whatever grace we lack in our walk… His grace is enough.




That might perhaps be me… Before I “graduated” to bellyflopping in the big pool…

So… are you a diver or bellyflopper? In what Jesus situations do you find yourself bellyflopping most often? How can we stay motivated to keep getting in the water– no matter what? I always LOVE to hear from you– feel free to comment below!

Oh, one more thing– Regardless of your dive/bellyflop status– let me know how I could pray for you today.

Blessings in our Bellyfloppiness,


“But you continue boldly in my Name; you never once denied my Name, even when the pressure was worst…” ~Revelation 2:13 (MSG) 

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8 thoughts on “When a Dive Attempt… Bellyflops (Five Minute Friday)

  1. It’s so true, regardless of our form, as long as we have jumped, we still end up in the water. It is all grace and beauty. And, yes, thoose belly flops can leave us gasping for air but we’ve managed to do the hardest part already. We jumped.

    • Amen to that, Holly. Letting go and jumping (into His arms) is usually the hardest part! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  2. The Laundry Lady

    Feel like I belly flop a lot lately, but it’s nice to know I’m not the only one. I guess what matters most is that we try at all, even if it’s not perfect. I believe God extends grace in part because he appreciates our efforts. Thanks for these thoughts today.

    • Let me assure you… you AREN’T the only belly flopper. I am confident that God is not seeking our perfection– He just wants us to be simply faithful… let go… and jump!

  3. i think we’re all a bit of both! 🙂

  4. My “form” when it comes to following God is something I had to fight hard when I first found Christ. I was very legalistic on my idea of worshipping God that it almost made me obsess about being the perfect worshiper. Thank goodness, He showed me that there is no perfect way to find and that He does not need perfect but honest wholehearted abandon to Him.

    • Praise the Lord that He has changed your perspective, Angie! What incredible freedom there is in that wholehearted abandon… AWESOME!

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