As I’m writing, my kids are getting ready for their swim lessons today: swim suits, goggles, flip flops, towels, sun screen etc. Reece always says, “proper prior planning prevents poor performance.” This is extremely true for swim lessons. When I don’t prepare well, they get sunburns, have stingy eyes and ride home grumpy – an all around bad experience that could have been good, if I had prepared better.
This is a great lesson in life – preparing for what’s ahead. Now my kids don’t always know what’s going to be happening & its my responsibility as their mom to do my best to make sure they’re ready for what’s around the bend. They need to be adept at various skills before they can move onto to the next challenge (even if they don’t know what the challenge is). Same with God. I think He’s always preparing us for what’s next. Thankfully, we can trust Him even more than ourselves, that He will keep us prepared for what’s coming – even swim lessons. 😉
Yesterday felt like one long day of pressure points – pressure with family stuff, pressure with work stuff, pressure with finances, pressure with time, pressure with friendships, pressure with kids, . . . . pressure, and it wasn’t fun. I often think that pressure isn’t bad because it builds strength. When I lift weights, I put pressure on my muscles, which makes them fatigued for the moment, but stronger in the long run. I think Christianity can be like that – its swimming upstream and it makes us stronger. However, there is also a point where we stop trying to get stronger and we start relying on God – which ultimately creates a greater relationship with Him (2 Cor 1:8-10). Pressure doesn’t have to be bad or destructive, when you have the right perspective. I think its when our perspective gets wobbly that things can get dicey. Maybe pressure is given to us to make us stronger. Maybe pressure is given to us to deepen our walk with Jesus & improve our trust in Him. Or maybe pressure is given to us for both purposes. Whatever the purpose is for the pressure, let’s agree to keep watching Jesus and looking for His truth and work in our lives.