There’s so many things to love about winter. I love the hot chocolate, the cozy socks, the baking, the time of just reading and studying, sledding in the backyard, and snowmen. Snowboarding was a different story. Snowboarding, at first, wasn’t one of the the things I loved about winter. This year was my first time to go, and the first three times were not all that enjoyable for me. I’m thankful that our Heavenly Daddy still uses these things to grow us and mold us and fashion us into a vessel more like Himself.
Linking up with Gretch and Kristen for the ‘What’s New With You’ Link-up. I’m pretty excited about this one!! 🙂 It’s a way to share what you’re learning, doing, eating, feeling, or just thinking. 🙂 Thanks gals!
I’m not athletic. God has gifted me in other ways but not with the gift of athleticism. That was the reason I loved running. It was so simple.
Put one foot in front of the other.
Learn to tie your shoes.
Eat good, nutritious food.
PRAY a LOT, knowing that you depend on God for strength alone.
(So sorry for the sideways photo… I couldn’t get it to flip. O_O)
Sports that take coordination and practice are, honestly, not as appealing to me. Part of it is that I’m lazy. Part of it is that I’m not just not that coordinated. I’m terrible at volleyball, frisbee, ping-pong, (fill in the blank). I’m the team member that watches the volleyball arc over my head and wonders what happened.
At the same time, I know that I need to be challenged and humbled. God uses challenges to grow us, to sharpen us. Like a father who loves his children, God doesn’t make life easy for us, because He knows that challenges and trials make us more like Himself and test our faith.
Snowboarding isn’t exactly a trial, but it’s not exactly fun either. However, if you haven’t tried skiing or snowboarding I have 5, yes only 5, reasons, I think you would really love getting out there on God’s AWESOME mountains.
Reason # 1 – You will be humbled, guaranteed. Who likes arrogant people? I don’t, even though I’m often one of them. You will fall more than you EVER have in your life, and you will be SO sore. It’s really hard to be proud when you are face down in the snow. (I guess you could be proud about your ability to fall gracefully, but that’s quite the stretch.) You will have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning, and you will be grateful for the ability to walk and breathe, things I often take for granted.
James 4:6, ‘But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.’
Reason # 2 – You will appreciate the muscles in your body so much more. Truly, we are fearfully and wonderfully designed by a loving Creator. Even when we hurt ourselves, I’m amazed at how God regenerates each muscle, binds the tears back together, and restores us, even in our fallen estate.
Psalm 42:2-3, ‘The LORD protects and preserves them— they are counted among the blessed in the land— he does not give them over to the desire of their foes. The LORD sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness.
(You will also be grateful for moments to stop and snack on cheesecake bars with your sister.)
Reason #3 – You will be SO grateful that God gave us SAFETY gear such as wrist guards, helmets, well padded snowsuits, and rigid boots to protect your body. I think I was also more grateful for the layers of fat that God has given my body, to protect it not only internally but externally, if you know what I mean?
Reason # 4 – You will come away with an increased awe of your smallness and God’s INFINITE glory and majesty revealed in His creation. His might is so evident and beautiful and lovely through this incredible world. Breathing in the crisp mountain air, gazing at the sparkling snow, or even falling into piles of powder is a glorious way of spending a day marveling at our Creator.
Job 42:2-6, ‘I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee. Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.’
Reason # 5 – You can spend precious time with people that you love. You begin to learn to appreciate that God gave us all different gifts. Some learn snowboarding quickly. Some go four times, and well, I’m not a natural yet, by any means.
His grace is made perfect in every weakness of mine… This adventure of snowboarding has been yet another reminder of this wonderful truth. 🙂
And last of all, don’t feel like you have to go snowboarding or skiing, but it’s so awesome for us to find ways to get out of our comfort zone, to trust in God in every circumstance, and live life in the fullness of joy that He has given us. Life is so precious. Let’s not waste a moment of it.
Have you ever been snowboarding or skiing?
Would you want to go snowboarding or skiing?
Would you consider yourself athletic?
What are you challenging yourself to this winter?