Friday, 9 July 2010

Courage!



The picture above looks fairly normal. These are two of my three grand children - looking at something in anticipation. They are curious, looking up, and yet seem relaxed. Notice that they are also wearing some kind of harness.

In just a few minutes they will climb a 40' staircase up a tower, hook up to a zipline and step off - for the first time. How did they get the courage to do that??!! First, many family members encouraged them. Then, they prepared, they put on harnesses. When you face tough times you usually get lots of encouragement - but do you prepare? There is no way they would go up that tower without a harness!

We prepare for tough times by reading God's Word, Prayer, counsel with others - getting spiritually fit and prepared.

By the way, they both went down the zipline!! Cool!!

17 comments:

Indian Lake Papa said...

This is Mama, And I will say they both enjoyed it!

Kim said...

A good post! Thanks for the reminder of how to prepare for life's struggles.

I think I will safely stay on the ground. I'll leave the height climbing to others. ;)

Indian Lake Papa said...

Kim - glad you came by! We have to prepare to use courage - to try courage without preparing is recklessness!

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

Ziplines look like fun but I will pass! LOL! I pray my courage never fails when God asks me to do something out of my comfort zone. May I always be prepared and relaxed and eager for it!

Indian Lake Papa said...

Michelle - the important thing is to always do your best to be prepared. Listen to the encouragers, not the discouragers!

Life Adapted said...

I love the zipline!! The hardest part is stepping off the platform. I stood on the platform for a few minutes while people below shouted encouragements to me. It's a leap of faith for sure. Great post and great analogy. God and prayer are our best harness.

Be blessed.

Thandi said...

And we need to be (spiritually) prepared for what is soon to come.

Indian Lake Papa said...

LA - mama stepped off that thing like nothin - she was prepared! Me, I hesitated, but finally did it - wasn't going to let mama show me up!

Thandi - we need to be always prepared for what God has in store for us.

Peter Olson said...

There must be a special yell, like "Geronimo!", before you jump, right?
:-)

Darla said...

Zipline!!!!! yay! my family did that when we were at Sandy Cove...soooo fun!

Just wanted you to know i am back..and wanting to keep up on your blog..love you both so much!

Indian Lake Papa said...

Peter - Oh no, the yell should be, "Go Kim go!"

LA - Stop by, and I will get you hooked up!!

Ed said...

Your grandchildren look a lot more relaxed then I would be facing a forty foot climb up a tower.

When sliding down the zipline I doubt if "cool" is a word I would be thinking of, if I could think over my screaming. :)

The encouragement and support of those we trust, and have faith in, is needed to help prepare us for whatever trials we will face in life.

Indian Lake Papa said...

Ed, if mama can do it, you can! LOL

Annesphamily said...

You encourage me! I enjoy stopping by. Blessings to both of you! What a lovely family. Anne

Indian Lake Papa said...

Anne - you are welcome to stop by! I love those grandkids! I have three!

CrossView said...

I want a zipline! ;o)

Indian Lake Papa said...

Maybe your hub can build one ???