The snow was sifting slowly to the ground and my breath was forming mini-clouds to welcome the tiny flakes on their descent. This is a friendly way to say that last night was very cold for playing softball. To make it even more thrilling and chilling, we had a double header & our final game concluded just before 10pm. I felt like a popsicle as my feet shuffled me to the car. I learned some very good lessons from last night’s adventure:
have FUN!! Despite the cold, snow and losing both games, it’s fun to get outside, banter, encourage and move my aging body for a little exercise!
look to serve: our team joined a rec league, so it’s not highly competitive. This makes it all the more enjoyable to serve the other team and look for ways to be helpful – carrying gear, collecting foul balls, sharing equipment, etc
be encouraging more than competitve: this is a big one for me. If I go down the competitive trail (which is more my natural instinct), it’s less enjoyable than when I stay in an encouragment groove.
God can teach us many wonderful lessons, using a variety of contexts and circumstances. Let’s be willing and eager learners!
Choppy or smooth? Icy or powder? Chunky or groomed? These are all descriptions of the snow conditions when a person skis or snowboards.
When I was first learning to snowboard, I struggled to navigate changing conditions. I was really good on groomed runs but ice caused me some significant problems.
I’ve been snowboarding now for almost 15 years & I can navigate various conditions usually without injuries, although I have definite preferences.
I think the same can hold true for us as we mature in our walk with Jesus. Early on, maybe we didn’t have the agility to navigate disappointment or unanswered prayers. As we mature in our walk w Jesus, it’s helpful to keep love as our top priority regardless of the changing conditions. I find that the more I stay in love w Jesus, regardless of what’s happening around me, the easier it can be to navigate changing conditions 🙂
All the while these big events are happening throughout the world, here in Denver we have a snow day, so my kids are enjoying sledding and the boon of some extra free time. Personally, I like the shoveling exercise & the opportunity to reflect upon both big and small events.
Whatever is happening for you today, let’s remain committed to pray for the community in which we live, the city / town where we work & our nation. Let’s not be afraid of the future and let’s keep our focus and confidence in our all-knowing and all-powerful God, who loves us far more than we could grasp with our finite minds.
Our heavenly Father demonstrated the immensity of His love for us by sending His only Son in the flesh to live out the human experience, expressing genuine love throughout His life.
Welcome to the month of May! In Denver, it’s snowing today & while that may seem out of synch with the Spring season, it is nevertheless, an extremely beautiful day. Yesterday was also a beautiful because it was sunny with chirping birds and bright air.
In my mind, we can find beauty in every day. We can find beauty in the trees, the wind, faces that we see, songs of birds, wind chimes and much more. Today reminds me that even though the snow isn’t exactly congruent with the season, there is beauty everywhere and in every season 🙂
I live in Denver and we’re having a really lovely snowstorm – it’s beautiful, quiet and abundant! My kids have been playing in it for most of the day because school was closed due to the snow. I was driving around in it a bit earlier and I’ve noticed a few things that can be helpful not only w a snowstorm but also with life:
clothing is like our attitudes: the right attitude can turn many hardships into some great potential fun
together is better than alone: playing in the snow is much better with a friend than alone and the same is true for hardships
time changes things: in the Summer its hard to imagine snow and in the Winter it’s hard to imagine 90 degree heat, but its only a matter of time until things change
teamwork can clear off alot of driveways, or so they say ,)
Today, we had a small bit of family time. Reece & i took Benji (our 5 yr old) skiing. Reece & Benji ski, but i snowboard – that’s a whole different story. Anyways, driving up to the mtns, it was totally beautiful. It was lightly snowing & the wind would gently stir the trees, catching the snow & creating almost like snow ghosts, whisping around the tree tops. Once we hit the slopes, it continued to snow throughout the day & was totally captivating. I don’t think there are many more peaceful things then being in the mountains while its snowing. Everything seems extremely still & quiet – almost like a holy awe. It was also incredible today because i couldn’t hardly see – the snow from the sky was blending into the snow on the ground & i my eyes couldn’t differentiate very well different elevations on the ground. You can make your own conclusions, but none of us got hurt.
Ok, my point in all of this was that today seemed like a divine assault on my senses – totally light, the air filled w stillness & the clouds occassionally giving way to the sun’s mild globe. Totally amazing. i’m captivated by God – such extravagence