Ever thought about how a lobster grows? Because of its rigid shell, the larger it gets, the more uncomfortable the lobster becomes. Eventually, it has to shed its old shell in order to grow a new, roomier model. This process is repeated multiple times (as many as 25 times over the first 5-7 years of its life) until it reaches its maximum size.
During the 48 hours or so that the lobster is shell-less, it’s in grave danger. One hungry tourist with a cup of melted butter…. Or…the lobster could be eaten by any of its other natural predators. For the lobster, there is no growth without risk.
I see two lessons for us in the story of the naked lobster:
· You won’t grow without taking some risks.
· You won’t grow without leaving something familiar behind.
But where the lobster operates on instinct to shed his shell, we have to operate on courage. Unfortunately, many of us struggle to face up to hard changes. It’s difficult to leave our comfort zone for the scary unknown. Success is not assured. Failure is likely. Why would we want to leave what’s been working for us for so long?
And the truth is, we don’t always have to. Sometimes, business as usual (BAU) will get us by. But that’s all it usually does. If we want to grow… If we want to do great things for God… We are going to have to leave the familiar for something better. We can’t continue to stay in our cramped, little shell convincing ourselves that it isn’t so uncomfortable after all. We’ve got to feel the pinch and make the move.