We watched a couple of videos on Sunday . . . . and the contrast of the two kept me thinking for the rest of the day – and today, Wednesday – I’m still chewing on it.
The beginning idea comes from the Shawhank Redemption – the scene where they are sitting, chatting, and thinking about the future. He says – You gotta either get busy living, or get busy dying. Our speaker was encouraging us to engage, to get going, be intentional – get focused – Eyes on the Goal – Eyes on Christ.
We talked about Peter – walking on the water – eyes on Christ – and when he looked away – he sank. Christ had to lift him up, rescue him, and put him back in the boat. To which – we watched the second video:
The above video is only a minute and a half, go ahead and watch it – it’s amazing. The focus the rider has to have, the knowledge of the trail, possibly having been there before in the summer, depending on his skills, setting fear aside, willing to fall – I could go on.
The whole talk was really good – but these two contrasts stood out to me. Thinking of being a parent. A Woman of Faith. A Homeschooling Mom. A Blogger. A Sharer.
I’ve met a lot of parents in person, and on line, that seem to have an air of apology. Making excuses. Of why they can’t do this or that. Of why their kids aren’t this or that. Why their house is run this way or that. Why the sink is full or empty. Why they notebook or workbook or no book.
I don’t want to be the person sitting on the wall, I want to be walking the courtyard, spilling out pebbles a bit at a time, every day, digging. Digging. With a goal. Focused. Not afraid.
I want to walk on water. I want my focus on Christ. I don’t want to see the waves, the storm, the hazards, Just Christ.
I don’t want to apologize for where I am on this pendulum. Some days I’m almost to shore, and some days, I feel like I’ve been lifted up by my collar and put back in the boat.
I love sharing our lives on the internet. I love showing how we do what we do – hoping to encourage you – that you can do it too – in your way – in obedience to how He directs you to do it.
I want to have confidence, to strap the camera on my helmet, and ride or fall, just do it. He’s not totally nuts, he does have a helmet on . . .But he is confident that his training and experience would pull through, and he would be capable.
Where are you on this swing? Where is your focus? When you focus on today, the right now, I think that’s when one falls. Too many distractions. Frustrations. Interruptions. But knowing what is in the future, what we’re building on – eyes ahead, not looking behind, -
Our memory verse today is from Joshua 1:9 – “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
I have a group of young moms in town asking me questions. I think we will be forming a group. I’ve been learning about homeschooling for 8 years, and a couple of years before that. I’ve been experiencing many methods and styles over the years. Why would I ever answer with an apologetic tone? Arg. Hard to verbalize in print, with kids coming and going, phone calls and drop bys. . . . I leave you with those thoughts for the evening. . . . I’m still chewin’ on it. . . . .