The treasure of the roller coaster

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The greatest part of an amusement park? When asked that question, our kneejerk response is usually one of the giant rollercoasters, the water slides, or maybe one of the rides that spin you in circles really fast! Those are all fun, and that is certainly what goes on the commercial and the billboard. The older I get, the more I’ve discovered that the greatest treasure of the amusement park is something altogether different. The rides are still just as thrilling, but I’ve now begun to experience them through the eyes of a dad (not just a big kid). Instead of going home and replaying how exciting that 2 minute ride was after standing in line for so long, I’ve come to realize that the ride is not the true prize. I am laying awake replaying the incredible conversation I had with my kids for all that time in line, time we don’t normally have in the hustle and bustle of day to day life. In a theme park, far more time is spent standing in line than actually on rides. Perhaps the greatest treasure that could come from the day is the time we are placed together; standing side by side, without television or computer, without the need to text one another as we are standing right there! Could it be that we have looked at things from the wrong perspective all along? In our Christian life, we are always looking for those rollercoaster, mountain-top experiences. “God, won’t You move in a giant, God-sized way in my life today?” We are looking for the BIG, when perhaps God is already moving in all the everyday, common, day to day events. If I would just take the time to quit asking “how much longer will it be until the rollercoaster”, perhaps I would see that God is already active all around me. Perhaps I would see that He is inviting me to join Him right here, in the everyday, right here in line with my family. These things and people around us won’t be here forever. We must learn to enjoy them while we can. Let’s live our lives to thank and praise God for our family, friends, church family, co-workers, neighbors, and others that He places into the everyday of our lives. God’s invitation is open, let’s join Him!

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