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Monkey Bars.

Take a moment to daydream with me. Think back to the time when you were in kindergarten or maybe at the park. You see the expansive playground before you. Children of all ages are running around you. Then, it's like a light from heaven is shining towards the center. You look up and see the monkey bars standing above you. You climb the three steps up the ladder and stand there. The task is a little daunting. The five feet across suddenly looks like miles. Finally, you take a breath and reach out for the bar in front of you. You grab tight with both hands. Suddenly, you find yourself making another decision. 

Do you let go and swing to the next one? 

Do you climb back down the ladder and save it for another day?

At 24 years old, I can honestly say I do not remember a time I have ever successfully completed the monkey bars. I would make it about half-way and give up. My feet would drop to the ground, and I would always feel defeated. Now, it's way to easy to cross them. All I have to do is reach up and run my hands across the bars. Not near as fulfilling as I imagine crossing the bars would have been as a child.

"Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing the monkey bars. You have to go at some point in order to move forward." - C.S. Lewis

I was browsing Pinterest yesterday morning looking for a quote to supplement my daily devotion. I love C.S. Lewis, and about five days a week something from him helps my devotion hit home.

I feel like this quote epitomizes the human experience. You may not have the choice what happens to you, but you do have the choice of how you react to it. 

Do you become a Victim or a victim?

Do you let it make you better or bitter?

And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. (1 Peter 5:10, ESV)

There is nothing that you can do or say that can ever separate you from the love of Christ. It does not matter what happens. He can work it out so that it is not only good for you but for others as well.

Do not let the fear of the unknown cause you to sit in your pain. Take the risk of reaching out and allow yourself to be filled from the inside out.

Allow yourself to become whole and healed. It's amazing how it changes your perspective.


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