Life seems to be very much like a roller coaster. It has its ups and downs, twist and turns and sometimes it twists you upside down and makes you dizzy. Sometimes the journey is smooth and other times it rattles you around.
When my son was about 10 years old we took him to an amusement park. I tried to get him to ride a few coasters. We would stand in line and the whole time he would be scared and not sure if he wanted to ride. Then when we actually rode the coaster, as soon as we finished he would want to get back on again. Until we went to a different coaster – one he had not ridden before. He would be scared and not want to ride. Then as soon as we rode it, he would want to go again.
Life is the same way, a lot of us are scared to try something new, but as soon as we do we want to do it again. But the biggest thing about life is getting on the ride. Some people will not even come to an amusement park. Others will come and watch but not ride. Then there are those who can’t wait to ride.
This reminds me of Christianity. Some think they have to pay or get their life right to come and play at the park. Others come and sit and watch but don’t get involved; I call them “pew potatoes”. Then there are those that stand in line and complain but never ride. There are also those who ride the one ride they are familiar with and only that one.
God never intended us to stay in the same place our whole lives. He comes right where we are in the midst of all our junk and says, “Come on, let’s take the ride of life together.”
Is time to take a ride with God and start a new adventure?
Ted Goodwin is a speaker and author of the book “Lessons from a Headache.” In June of 2009 Ted was diagnosed with a “chronic daily migraine” headache. Despite constant pain since the headache began, Ted has not allowed it to stop him from living life to the full. He lives a life that is active, rewarding and full of joy. He diligently trained for and completed his first marathon in September 2010, despite the migraine.