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Along for the Ride

At the end of the summer we took the youth group to an amusement park and had a great time. Roller coasters are one of those things I like to do, but as soon as I sit down in that seat I wonder what I’m doing there. Is that bar going to hold tight? How tall is the first hill? How fast will we go around those loops? Then before you can catch your breath, the ride is over and you’re screeching to a stop.

Lately I’ve been thinking about those roller coasters. I know they’re exciting, but the twists and turns make me nervous and the first hill seems mighty tall. And do we really have to go that fast?

My life seems to resemble those amusement park rides. A year ago, I would have compared my life to a merry-go-round with the horses going up and down. This year, I got in a different line and what a ride it’s been!

The two older boys are going to school for the first time, I got asked to teach two classes at a local college and I’m attending a writers conference next week where I hope to share my story with a few people. It took all summer to get to the top of the first hill, but once we started down it’s been fast and filled with twists and loops. Right now I’m hanging on with both hands and trying to not squeeze my eyes shut! It’s quite a ride but someday I’d like to hold my hands up and keep my eyes open.

I hope you’ll join me on this ride. I’ll be posting on Tuesdays and Fridays and I would love to hear from you.

One of my favorite sayings is: Life’s journey is not to arrive safely at the grave in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways totally worn out shouting, Woo Hoo! What a ride!

What about you? Are you on a roller coaster?

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