“In their hearts humans plan their course, but The Lord establishes their steps.”
For most of my life I danced to the beat of my own drum. Now that I’m older, the drum has been packed away and my life has been organized by deadlines, schedules and motherhood!
While being a mom has caused me to grow up and switch out my drum for a refrigerator door full of school menus and cross-country schedules, it has also given me the opportunity to witness the beauty of a childlike spirit. Have you ever sat back and watched a child? They run hard, laugh hard, and play even harder. Everything is new and exciting, even when it’s not so new. (Put on Frozen for any little girl and see how excited she becomes, even though she’s seen it approximately 572 times.) Children are grateful. (Cook their favorite meal and see if the room doesn’t erupt in “Thanks, Mom!” and big toothless smiles!) Kids aren’t bogged down. They have total freedom. And, even when they’re knocked down, they get back up, dust themselves off, and take off again! Resilience at its best.
This has to be my new favorite quote!
Most of us live within our comfort zone. But, you knew that, right? Well, did you know that marriage, motherhood, and careers only make us crawl deeper inside that little black hole we call our routine? We keep the same friends forever. We drive reliable cars and plan for zombie attacks that will never happen. We don’t expand our horizons for fear of being uncomfortable.
But, doesn’t this go against everything faith is? Yes, yes it does!
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1)
Faith will require us take a step even when we can’t see the whole staircase. And faith is the only way that we can please God. So, hanging out at the bottom of the stairs, safe and sound, is actually robbing you of the totally awesome life God intended for you. So, you have a choice. Live the life-in-a-box you’ve created or surrender it to God, take His hand, close your eyes, and get ready for the ride of your life!
These are just a few things my daughters have taught me:
- Dance in the Rain. No, really. The next time it’s raining, go and twirl around in it. Letting loose is a good reminder of how rigid we’ve become. You don’t want to be a fun-killer! Take some time throughout the week to dance on the kitchen floor in your socks with hairbrush as a microphone. Enjoy life again!
- Turn down for what?! Everybody’s getting “turnt up” these days! Apparently there are a lot of different meanings for that which I won’t get into, but it simply means “Get Excited!” This past summer, my daughters and I drove 14 hours to my parent’s house in New York. My daughters and I drive 14 hours to my parents house in NY. We were singing our hearts out to our favorite songs while burning rubber on 95.
- Follow the road less traveled. As grown-ups we look for the paved road with signs. Kids just take off running through the high grass, no shoes, no plan. They might even cut a cart-wheel along the way! Which one of these makes for a more interesting story?
- Why take the stairs when you can dive in? Kids never take the stairs to get into the pool. Where’s the fun in that? They jump in feet first. If there is something you want, then go for it 100%!
Yep, that’s my daughter having the time of her life!
We only have one life. We must always live the way God intended. Full of routines, always walking on the curb, doing what is safe and comfortable? No!