Christopher A. Pate
When we go to the park and it is live because all of the kids go their separate ways which is an adventure in itself. This particular day, Boo wanted to get on the monkey bars and American Ninja Warrior herself to the other side. I was watching her grab for the next bar while still trying to keep her feet planted on the base of the bars. I kept saying “Let go Boo and grab the next bar.” She kept saying “ I''m going to fall if I let go.” Then she proceeded to say “Help me get across” and I kept saying “I am helping you by telling you to let go.”
That interaction is so indicative of life. We want to grab a hold of the next bar. That bar being living out our dream or vision, having better relationships, going into business, or just stop being so afraid to live. We keep our feet planted and reach as far as we feel comfortable afraid that we are going to fall all the while saying “God Help Me!”
The reality is while reaching for our God given vision, we may indeed fall while reaching for that next bar. We may scrape our knee and maybe even need a band-aid, which God would provide in the form of encouragement. However, the truth of the matter is that our knee would heal and we would have a great story about the experience. The regret comes in when God is encouraging us to reach for the next bar and live, but our mind is keeping us safe and our feet planted. Living by faith sometimes comes with bumps and bruises. That is why God created loved ones to help with those bruises and kiss our foreheads and tell us to get up and go play.
Where are we keeping our feet planted as opposed to reaching for that next bar or goal in our life?