The journey begins with the leap.
It does not end there. Getting into the air or out on the water is not arriving. Getting to Jesus means you're going somewhere with Him.
When we look at what plagues our modern American Christianity, it is that we are great at selling the idea that it is totally worth it to be ledge leapers and water walkers. We get people to the point of decision about Jesus and all the reasons it is in our own best interests to choose to follow Him, to choose to take a big step of faith and trust Him to save us...... so that we can get heaven, and not go to hell.
That's not much to base a relationship off of. Not really. Not when the rest of my life on earth isn't fixed on the active presence of Jesus. No wonder we aren't making disciples that make disciples. No wonder that there are so many that have "known the Lord" for so long that have no Christ-likeness. Salvation is not enough for the fulfillment of our design, purpose, identity, longings and hope. Heaven without relationship is humanism. That's not God's desire either, by the way. He created us to love us.
See in your mind a group of young men sitting around a camp fire on the beach asking Jesus questions, pondering parables and getting a grip on the Kingdom. See them co-laboring with the Son of God/Son of Man, taking their cues from Him, but being hands on and active in the work alongside Him. See the failing moments where they learn grace and how to forgive.
See the moment where they wake Him to calm a storm that was inconsequential to the task He had given them, but vital to the testing of their belief in His word. See again the moment where Peter got out of the boat. Peter walked on the water, but that was not the arriving or end game, was it? The point was not Peter coming up with a grand idea and taking a big leap. The point was that Jesus commanded Peter to come out there- where Jesus was. "Come" was all Jesus said, but it was in answer to the request of Peter that if was really Jesus, then Jesus needed to command him to come out there with Him.
Living Backwards gets us away from thinking of starting points as where the celebration both begins and ends and gets us to the idea that living in the leap is about getting to be where Jesus is- all the time. A real relationship with our Lord recognizes that Jesus has come to us, and that we are now eternally invited to not only come to Him, but to remain, to abide, to stay, to work with and co-labor with Him.
Fix your eyes on Him. He is not far from any of us. Your journey of faith has only just begun.