Take The Training Wheels Off

Yesterday, I had an interesting conversation with my five year of son. 

ME: Son, it’s about time to take the training wheels off your bike right? 

Son: No, it’s not time. I will fall if I do. 

ME: Yeah, but you have fallen with the training wheels. Life is about challenges. 

Son: I’m never going to take the training wheels off. I don’t want to fall. 

ME: You will fall, but you can’t let that stop you….

Son: NNNNEEEEVVVVVVEEERRRRR

Okay, that last statement from my son is a little bit of a stretch. But that’s essentially how he responded. 


It was an interesting conversation. I think a lot of people have that conversation with themselves everyday. 

Do You?

It’s time to take the training wheels off.

It’s time to take that next step. You can’t let fear hold you back. You can’t let doubt cause you to second guess yourself. It’s time to take that next step. We see people doing this all the time if we look carefully. 

We see a boy band have great success together. But eventually, there’s one boy that finally sees that he needs to take the next step. He could stay in the band and achieve great success. But what if he had the courage to release his own album? 

That’s what Justin Timberlake did. 

The same happens with the ladies too. 

That’s what Beyoncé did. 

The list could go on and on. 

Not everything they did has been successful. They fell off their bike quite a few times. But they had to take the training wheels off. 

It’s time to take the next step. It’s time to take the training wheels off. 

We see it in politics. Someone starts off in a position. They do a great job. They get re-elected. They get results with what they do. But eventually, they take the next step. That itch hits! It’s time for them to take the training wheels off. That’s what President Barack Obama did. That’s what President George W. Bush did. They took the next step. They fell a lot, but they still did it. 

That’s what legendary quarterback Steve Young did. He was the back up to another hall of fame quarterback Joe Montana. But eventually it was time for Steve Young to take the training wheels off!!  He fell a lot. He also scored a lot of touchdowns. 

There’s no time to have fear about falling. It’s a given that you will fall. No mistake about it. 

It’s time to take the training wheels off. 

We see it in the Bible. The great leader named JOSHUA, had learned under the great Moses! But God would tell JOSHUA that it was time for him to take the training wheels off. Moses had gone as far as he could. JOSHUA was up!!! He was to be bold and courageous!

It was time for the apostles to take the training wheels off! They trained with Jesus. But it was time for Jesus to leave and return to heaven. They would have to carry on and do the work of God! They would fall. But they couldn’t let fear stop them. 

It’s time for us to take the training wheels off! 

What might that look like for you? 

What’s holding you back?  Is that 5 year old in you screaming inside of you, “NNNNNEEEVVVVEEERRRR.” If so, you need to comfort that 5 year old and let them know that everything is going to be okay. 

Lead them by the hand and tell them, “It’s Time to take the training wheels off.”

It’s time to take that next step. 

It’s time to put your feet in the chilly Jordan River. Watch what happens when you do. 

It’s time to lead with boldness and courage. 

It’s time to speak up even if opposition stands in your way.

It’s time to climb and claw to the top. 

Don’t worry about falling. You will!!! Rather, recognize it, realize it, and respond to it the right way!!! 

Get up!!! And keep riding. 

Cmon now. 

Cmon with the cmon!!!

It’s time to take the training wheels off. 

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