Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Great Balancing Act

There is the story that my wife and I have read to the kids for a while now, it's called "Caps for Sale" and its about this guy who walks around with a bunch of hats on his head, offering them for sale at "50 cents a cap".

The dude walks and walks and doesn't make a stinking sale. He finds a tree to sit under and rest. While he sleeps monkeys take all his hats. He enters a negotiation with them and eventually gets them back.

This guy is trying to make a buck to support himself. He's got monkeys taking his stuff and he's balancing a bunch of hats on his head...hey that's me!

I wear a lot of hats: Husband, Fathers, Christian, Friend, Son, Brother, Doctor, Employer, Scout Helper, Bible Study Leader, Triathlete. Some I choose to wear others I must wear. However you slice it it's as great balancing act. Sometimes it's difficult to keep the hats straight on your head.

So I go to the words of Paul who wrote in the new testament: "You know that many runners enter a race, and only one of them wins the prize. So run to win! Athletes work hard to win a crown that cannot last, but we do it for a crown that will last forever. I don't run without a goal." [1 Corinthians 9:24-26 CEV]

Paul says to train hard like athletes for the things that last forever. Looking at all my hats I ask myself, which ones have "forever" impact. These are the ones I cant drop or let the monkeys mess with them. The other ones, the ones that don't have forever impact, I could set down.

The hard part is keeping that in mind when the monkeys come.

2 comments:

  1. Nice message. We always need to remember what really matters.

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  2. Awesome post, I agree. Fatherhood and live in general is a huge balancing act that is necessary and we must keep things in perspective.

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