the roller coaster in our backyard
Willow and I went on the trail right behind the cabin. We had never been on this trail before. About 100ft. We stopped in amazement. We couldn’t believe what we were seeing. Right there in essentially our little cabin’s backyard was a giant roller coaster!
We turned back to go get the rest of the family- they needed to see this! The roller coaster belonged to Dollywood theme park and it is sweet looking!
While we were watching it Dodge said something like, “Nope. Not doing that. I’m not going on any roller coasters this year.” Ugh…I know he’d love it. Every time he goes on one he likes it at the end of it. It’s the thought of going on one that paralyzes him. Any good parenting hacks out there? I don’t know if I should force him on it or not?!
Hard pastor shift here, I think that’s how life is sometimes. I mean, we all recognize life as a series of uphill moments and downhill moments. Moments full of excitement, full of joy and moments full of dull, pain, or even heartache.
Sometimes we look at that next thing in our life and stand in wonder, declaring to God or whoever is standing near us, “Nope, I ain’t doing that.” Worry paralyzes us.
But worry is useless. Take a look at what Jesus says,
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” Matt. 6:25–27
So then, what do you do? If you have a giant obstacle that makes you worry, how do you get rid of it? Well, Jesus provides a way out, take a look, “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matt. 6:33
I love this. To me, Jesus is saying, “Make sure you’re seeking after the culture of God and everything is going to fall into place. Chase things like love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control and you’ll be alright.”
You see, if you’re going passionately after the culture of God, who cares about the job title, that salary, or whatever else it is. Those are the things of this world. They mean nothing in the culture of God.
So then, what has you worried today? How can you get perspective on that thing and live out a new life with boldness?