Skipping.  Skipping. Skipping.  When was the last time you skipped?  When was the last time you even thought about skipping?  If you are like me – you never think about it and you never do it for various reasons, to include the amount of energy it takes, fear of having an “accident”, or even the awkwardness of starting and stopping.  Regardless of the reason, we just don’t get around by skipping!  But, have you ever watched kids and their skipping?  They do it on the playground, across a parking lot, in a store, everywhere!  When I saw my daughter start to do a quick skip across WAWA with her drink in hand, I just stopped and smiled – so carefree and so innocent.  She didn’t care that it was crowded with people. She didn’t care how she looked or even that she was carrying a carbonated drink; albeit the lid was still on.   She was just happy, and decided to skip.

I wish I was more like that – carefree and energized.  As I watched her go ahead of me and I was smiling, a thousand thoughts ran through my mind – be careful, wait for me, watch out for that person – but then I stopped and just said to myself – I want to be more like that. Carefree and energized.  Why not, right?

Then I thought, that is what Jesus wants us to do.   Give him all of our burdens and he will handle it.  It may not always be the answer we want, but he will handle it for us.  You see, we as adults, parents, etc, we try to manage and control as much as possible within our lives.  But we must face it – we cannot control everything.  Curve balls occur daily in my life and I am sure I am not alone.  But when we try to control and manage everything, we waste our much needed playfulness and our energy on things of negative nature.  Just think – if we directed our thoughts on all things positive – no matter what – how much more carefree and energized would we be as parents?  As neighbors? As families?  I am currently reading a book – Unglued.  It is an amazing read and it really makes you relate to others and I keep saying as I am reading – yep, that has happened to me.  Definitely makes you think about your reactions to others and makes you realize that others are right there with you, but what makes the difference is the attitude you display – alone and with others.

From now on, I will try to skip more often.  I want my positive attitude and energy to shine through the bounce in my step and I will carry myself as the “light” I am charged to do as a Christian.  Will you join me?

Focus Verse:  Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding – Proverbs 3:5