Baby Steps

June 16, 2008

Today I heard a local radio personality comment on the sights from her recent vacation in the Northwest.  She spoke of seeing colorful parasails filling the air above the road she traveled.  After topping the hill, she found the launch site and stopped to explore what was happening.  A young woman herself, she commented on how a woman her mother’s age was taking to the skies for the first time.  Chatting with the woman who was about to sail, she learned that the woman was there because she had decided to start trying new things in her life – things she had never done.  After being strapped into her sail, the woman ran to the cliff and jumped off.  It took two tries to launch herself.  The radio talk hosts focused on how the thought of any activity that started with jumping off a cliff wasn’t for them. 

Riding in my car, I silently agreed with her.  Jumping off a cliff is not for me.  But, as the day wound on, I couldn’t get the picture of a sky filled with colorful sails out of my mind.  And a woman my age jumping off a cliff to try something new.  Taking a risk.  And I reflected on something that had been on my mind for a while.  Taking risks, not settling in to the second half of life. 

So, I’ve made some decisions.  Not just because I heard a radio broadcast, but because God has been prodding my heart for some time to wake up, take a risk, believe big again.  I’ve decided not to sit back and watch.  Not to just let the next generation carry the ball.  But to jump off my own cliffs and be a part of the sails adorning the sky. 

No, I didn’t sign up for hang gliding or parasailing lessons.  But I did decide to start a blog and put myself out there.  This is just a baby step, but I’m tired of crawling.  So here I go….

PSALM 103:5

1 Praise the LORD, O my soul;
       all my inmost being, praise his holy name.

 2 Praise the LORD, O my soul,
       and forget not all his benefits-

 3 who forgives all your sins
       and heals all your diseases,

 4 who redeems your life from the pit
       and crowns you with love and compassion,

 5 who satisfies your desires with good things
       so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

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4 Responses to “Baby Steps”

  1. Linda Says:

    Good for you Debbie!!! I too don’t want to settle for less than God has for me. My first attempt at taking a risk was learning to ride a motorcycle.

  2. Lynn C. Says:

    Debbie,
    I am proud of you, great blog, thoughts.Good job, my friend! Keep them coming. (smiles)

  3. Barbara Says:

    Very good Debbie!!! Looking forward to reading more. 🙂
    I just turned fifty and was pondering what life changes I could make. Baby steps sound like a promising beginning.

  4. Julie Page Says:

    I guess I need to start with getting a job…..


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