Taking the low road to get to the high road
God’s idea for me today was… “sometimes you have to take the low road to get to the high road.” Now, I have never considered myself a settle for average or below kind of person. (And let’s face it, when my kids say they “failed” a test, they are usually worried they may not have gotten an A.) But what of the “C” grade? What of the middle ground? By definition, that’s where most of us fall, even though we reach for the heights.
Honestly, I am thinking about this as I consider how to get one of my children to do “what’s good for her.” (the high ground) Why doesn’t she see that if she doesn’t get off her butt and get exercise and work on her skills she will fail at the soccer tryouts? But telling her this is not motivating. Yesterday, of her own accord, she apparently pulled out the hand weights (I know because she left them for her sister to trip over – okay). I am pretty sure she did this because she wants to look better.
Now I have designed training programs for her, sketched out stretching routines complete with stick figures, made the calisthenics workouts fun with the latest exercise equipment, and nada. The equipment sits and stares at me. And I think to myself, what’s good for her doesn’t even start to get her interest. Taking the high ground is way beyond eye level. Nope. I know what’s motivating: appealing to her vanity, her baser human nature, perhaps even her fear of falling. Because then she will respond. But that feels like such low ground to me.
And then God says, “Sometimes you have to take the low road to get to the high road.” And then He spoke Christ among us who said, “Follow me.”
I think the highest roads may not even seem like an option to most of us. I have to climb all the way up there??!!! But small steps along a gradually inclined road – that sounds more like the Lord’s style. Gradually progressing, continuously rewarding. That does leave most us navigating the middle ground. And perhaps that is just where He wants us. Because I think it may get very steep at the top. We’ll need a bit of fitness training before then.
I read a piece of great advice this week: “If you struggle with resolve, try intentionally having a mediocre day. Shoot for 60% in everything you do, and see if you don’t exceed expectations all day long.”
Something about a new year is inspiring. I don’t think it’s the view. I am hoping it’s the perspective. Have a 62% day, y’all! Tomorrow, let’s go for 64%.
Posted on January 2, 2013, in Body, Life and tagged average, Christ, Christian journey, Emmanuel, God, high road, low road, middle ground, motivation, mountain climbing, path, Spiritual journey, walking. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.
Ok, 2 sayings came to my mind as I read this. Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off the goal ( or something like that) Jessi had this up in her room when competing in gymnastics. The other is from when I was in 18 credits a semester nursing school with 2 kids under 5- it’s like eating an elephant- one bite at a time. I am definitely a one bite at a time, one step at a time girl. The high (accomplishment) road has always been just out of reach. But I can still walk for the journey- one step at a time! 🙂 nice post!
Yes, not being very tall, the heights are very high…but the comfort in this for me is 2-fold. 1. that the low, let’s call it shallow, road may be God’s way as well as the highway and 2. that the times God got me to respond by appealing to my selfish, prideful nature were on purpose. I guess God’s purpose is not limited in route selection and perhaps on the low road we gather what we need to navigate the high-way.
Excellent! It certainly exceeds 62%!