On Easter, April 5, 2015, I was reminded of the importance of seeing the world in a different light. We get so hunkered down with the duties, tasks, worries, and problems of our day to day that we forget about all the good and beautiful things around us and all the blessings that we have been given. On Easter, after the egg hunt was over, we were walking back toward the house when I noticed my cousin’s son (Cohen) running with a passion and vigor for life and the opportunities for fun that surrounded him. He went down the slide from the bouncy house to sprint over to the trampoline. He proceeded to climb up and go through the net. He jumped a few times on the trampoline with the biggest smile on his face and then came over to the opening of the net, opened it with one arm and looked me in the eye, and invited me to join him on the trampoline. It’s been over a month since that invitation and I haven’t been able to shake that experience and the lesson that God has been teaching me through it. There are two layers to what I’ve learned through this experience, one is to Jump and two is to Invite others.
Jump. There is no time better than the present for you to explore your passions, gifts, and the things that give you joy. When I saw Cohen pursue the trampoline with a fervor and pure joy, I couldn’t help but think of how I approach my every day, from the minute details/moments to the big decisions and years that go by. We spend too much time in the doom and gloom state, where we neglect the good and beautiful things that are happening around us, including the many blessings that God has bestowed upon us. I want to encourage you to discover your passions, gifts, and the blessings that you have within your life with the same fervor of a small child running toward a trampoline and jump right in!
Invite others. Jumping is only the first part to this two-part equation. Just jumping alone for a period of time might be fun but we are called to live in community and to share our joys, passions, and gifts with others. We don’t want to be a scrooge and hoard it all for ourselves, but to be able to take our blessings and bless others. That might mean for you to just invite someone else to join you on your journey, teaching them a skill or craft that you are good at, or just grabbing a cup of coffee (or tea) with a friend and sharing about the blessings that are in your life, ask them about the blessings in theirs and perhaps find a way to bless them too.
Life would be boring and tiresome, if we spend our days and nights focused on all the worries, problems, and bad stuff going on in the world and doing it alone. Yes, we do need to face our problems, discover solutions, and plan for our futures, but we can’t let them consume us! (Matthew 6:26-28) It is time to remember what it’s like to have the perspective of a child, to love like a child, to be curious, and to pursue the passions that God has instilled in each one of us with a fervor like never before. Don’t let today pass you by. It’s time for you to discover your passions, jump in, and invite others to jump along with you!
What are you waiting for, get out there and Jump!