Church-Community Connection: Skydiving is not for everyone, and that’s okay | Features
Have you ever thought that crises in our lives can often be caused by being in the wrong job or career, the wrong place mentally, or the wrong group of people? Sometimes God says in the middle of a crisis, “Hey, I love you, but now it’s time to get you to the right place, and that place isn’t where you are right now.” In other words, if at first you don’t succeed, then skydiving is not for you.
Here is an example where everyone is in the right place or the wrong place. Heaven is where the police are British, the chefs are Italian, the mechanics are German, the lovers are French and everything is organized by the Swiss. Hell is where the police are German, the cooks are British, the mechanics are French, the lovers are Swiss and everything is organized by the Italians. Hell on earth, for many people, is being, working, or trying to be someone else instead of you.
I realize that finding the right place can be difficult. Think about this. Life was much simpler when apples and blackberries were just fruits. But in today’s world, in countries like America, there is still the opportunity to choose careers or jobs. There is still a choice between a good attitude and a rotten attitude. You always have the choice between the good people and the bad ones.
There is a book written to find the right place. It’s called “Who Moved My Cheese”, and it was a bestseller at the time. Why? Because there are a lot of cheeses that are out of place these days! Like a rat in a maze, the location of our cheese – or “success” – changed. Someone or something moved our cheese. Please don’t panic. It’s here. But we have to change direction or location to find it.
Sometimes we are very successful in one area and all of a sudden there is none. Have you heard of the 50-50-90 rule? When you have a 50% chance of getting something right, there’s a 90% chance you’ll be wrong. Sound familiar?
Could it be that God wants to put us in a better place? How do we get to this place? We must pass through the death of the old to arrive at the birth of the new. I’m not saying to be a quitter. Sometimes you have to persevere. However, wisdom often dictates a change in direction, career or otherwise. After all, no one reaches a high position without daring.
For most people, it is more difficult to let go of the past or the present than to move forward into the future. Someone once said, “What I do, I do very well, and what I don’t do well, I don’t do at all.”
Lin Yutang said, “Sometimes finding out what we can’t do is more important than what we can do. There are times when we need to be sensitive to circumstances and ask honest questions of God, ourselves, and others about our situation. There is victory in a group of dedicated advisers. An Egyptian novelist and Nobel laureate said: “You can tell if a man is intelligent by his answers. You can tell if a man is wise by his questions.
Mark Twain once said, “The two happiest days of your life were the day you were born and the day you found out why.” Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are. Be yourself. Everyone is taken. Running away from your identity is a race you never win. As soon as you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you paid for. In other words, find your lane and ride fast.
The scripture says, “There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a season for every event under the sky. A time to bring forth, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to uproot what is planted; a time to seek, and a time to give up as lost. But after every winter comes a spring! I love spring and I know God has a better plan for your life. It’s just that skydiving might not be for you.
Here are some tips from my good friend, author Ed Silvoso, on taking the first step to the right place for you.
“The best way to combat the feelings of fear, self-centeredness and despair that shake so many around us is with the exact opposite: faith (believe for more, not less), exuberant generosity (give more, no less – especially for those who are suffering deeply due to great loss) and a Gibraltar-like hope that declares that God will make all things work together for good, even the worst things imaginable.
Silvoso then said, “God tells us what He said to Gideon: ‘In this your strength go and save the nation.’ In other words, no matter how big your faith, focus on the future and do something, for your good and that of others as well.
This is good advice for those of you in middle school or high school. Pray and seek guidance on your future vocation. Some of you reading this article have discovered that your mission is life. It’s awesome. But I bet you know someone who could use it. Copy the article and give it to them. Then tell them, “Dude…this is how you found Nemo!” »