Yesterday the children and I did 3 miles of sprints/jogging. As we were finishing our mile running up and down our street, Jackson arrived home on his bike cheering us on as he rode past us.
Jackson had just finished running 4 miles at track practice and then rode his bike 9 1/2 miles home. He went straight inside after he arrived. As we turned around for our final stretch back to the house, Jackson came back outside carrying a table, speakers with energizing music blasting, a pitcher of Gatorade, and a stack of glasses for us. Oh my goodness! How sweet!
I really was beat. (Tyson clearly was too!!) We all had red faces! I hadn't run sprints that fast in years, and my legs felt as if they were going to crumble at any moment. Seeing that sweet Jackson with his Gatorade stand made me finish harder.
As Juliana and Jayden danced their hearts out to the music, Jackson smiled and said, "This is what they do for the runners after the big races."
I realized that Jackson probably would have loved to have had a glass of Gatorade waiting for him after his long bike rides home. Instead of wishing I had done it for him, he took that knowledge and did it for us instead.
In our nighttime devotional, we all talked about the Golden Rule:
Matthew 7:12 "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets."
Jackson displayed a perfect example of that, and it blessed us all.
I thought about this further…. What keeps me from having that childlike heart? What keeps me from rolling in the sand? What keeps me from setting up a Gatorade stand? I think it's those darn inhibitions!!
Some of my favorite memories of my mom growing up were the moments when she cast all those inhibitions to the wind! I remember her putting on fairy wings and dancing, leaping, and bounding through the house like a fairy!! Oh we all laughed so hard.
There are a lot of serious sadnesses in this life. There really are. Sometimes they crush us to pieces… and we need to take that time to mourn… but our entire lives do not need to be in that state of mourning. I feel like the older we get, the more pains we hold onto. I want to spend more time freeing my spirit so I can enjoy the vibrance of life that God put into our souls when we were born!!
I mean… why not wear glitter hats and spend time kissing and chillin' with bunny rabbits? (Also part of the activities in one day.:-))