Stuck 2 point O

  • Shane Adkisson
  • Jan 15, 2018

As I pulled up at their house, a friend of ours was wrapping up an afternoon session of teaching their daughter to ride a bike.

She seemed to be doing fine.  Kind of wobbly, but hey, it's difficult to ride across the yard, which they had opted for after a couple of sidewalk crashes.

But the yard brought different challenges.

"Look out for the tree", the mother said.

It was if you could see the girl's thoughts:  "What tree?"

She then proceeded to look up and see the tree.  How could she have possibly crashed into it?

Once she saw the tree . . . it had a magnet effect.  She crashed into the tree.  It looked painful and I couldn't help but wonder if this crash wasn't worse than the sidewalk, but that's neither here nor there.

Let's take a moment and rewind the dvd player.  When this girl was riding, she didn't realize there was a tree at first.  She wasn't headed directly for it.  Quite frankly, she might not have even hit it at that point.  Then Mom called out, she saw the tree and became aware of it.  At that point she seemed destined for the arboric disaster.

How did she hit the tree?  Well, we know exactly how she hit the tree.  The tree became her focus.

Once she focused on the tree, it was all over but the crying.  Literally.

When we grow up not much changes.  We can have so much focus on a moment or experience in our past that nothing else matters.  It becomes the lens through which we live life.  We become stuck.  Focusing on the tree.  Reliving the tragedy over and over.

If we're not careful, we won't be able to embrace a moment in the future because we're focused on a moment in the past. 

I don't want to run the risk of missing the adventure.  So, in my life, I'm trying to "fix my eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith".  I want to move forward in life.  I've had my fill of being stuck in the past.

Plus, if I'm focused on Him and that's where I crash and people say, "this is where his life came to a close."  At least others will know which direction I was headed.


--thoughts inspired by Erwin McManus' book Chasing Daylight