I figured my posts this week have all had a common theme so I thought would continue that streak. We all have a story. Here is one from the late Tim Hansel’s book You’ve Gotta Keep Dancin’.
I’ve just finished reading an interesting little book called When I Relax I Feel Guilty. It’s not bad for a former gym teacher. What amazes me, though, is I’m still learning and being encouraged by that same gym teacher, ten years after I graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School.
I may not be burned deeply into your memory, Tim, but you are in mine. And now that you’ve surfaced once again in my life, I thought I’d let you know that.
I remember the first day I had you for P.E. when I was a freshman in 1966. We all had to run the 600-yard dash and I didn’t want to. I was always coming in last, no matter how hard I ran (and I always ran as hard as I could). But this one was different.
Oh, I still came in last-by about 150 yards, as I remember. But I remember you running along side of me that last 100 yards yelling, “Good effort, Lou! Great effort! Absolutely magnificent…”
I felt like I’d won the Olympic Gold Medal for the marathon. And I became totally devoted to you because no one had ever encouraged me like you.
The next year I was your manager for the soccer team, a position I took the following year- in spite of the fact you had left to circumnavigate the globe-but left the next year to play fullback for the JVs…when you returned.
And I would (have) never had the courage to do it, if it had not been for your example.
Well, that was more than a decade ago. I went to college and majored in journalism because my senior English teacher told me I had no ability as a writer (I never liked him much and I had become fascinated by things I supposedly could not do). All through those four years I held your example in my mind, looked for possibilities and wondered-often-how you always managed to be so positive all the time.
Five years ago I met Jesus and figured you out. (p.134-135)
One of the most exciting things about the life of a Christ-follower is we will never totally understand it. One of the most exciting things about Jesus is we will never totally understand Him. I’m glad of that. It makes for that much more of an adventure. And it leaves something worthy of being left behind.
Let me wrap up this “surprise” series with a question: are you living a life of adventure, one that never gets old? I know there are detractors, but there is no better life than one lived with Jesus.