The act of using Monkey Bars requires a few things.
-Climbing a small ladder
-Leaning out to take hold of the first bar
-Letting go of the ladder as you swing to the next bar
-Keeping focus on the finish line (looking UP)
-Not looking back
-You can’t do it with only one arm – you must give it full attention
-Keeping your feet up off of the ground so they don’t drag
-The will to finish
There is a verse that goes along with the Monkey Bars process perfectly..
I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.
~Philippians 3:13-14 The Message
We all have “monkey bars” to cross in life. We can cross them in joy, knowing Who crosses them with us, or we can cross them in sorrow, refusing to acknowledge the progress we’re making. Or, we can even climb down the ladder and refuse to cross the monkey bars all together..missing the opportunity to grow in Him.
Today I want to encourage you to take that first swing on the monkey bars, trust in Him, and enjoy the journey. You can do it! When you make it to the other side, you will find you are stronger, that callouses have been built making it a bit easier to cross the next set of “monkey bars”. You’ll also realize you now have added tools and knowledge in which to help others who are just starting their journey.
Make it a great day, no reason not to. It’s, afterall, all up to you!