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Pastor Debbie's E-Spire - November 29, 2018

 I've been thinking lately that I need to try something new. I need to do something that challenges me and takes me out of my comfort zone. I think it's good for me to be challenged. And, I think it's good for my ministry to help me relate to others whom I'm asking to try something totally new and out of their comfort zone.

Last year we won a family pass to the ice skating rink for the winter season. So last week we tried it out. We all wore our ski pants (for when we inevitably fall not he ice) and got outfitted with our skates. Rick has no problem. He skated for years and even after his broken foot surgeries he out-skates the rest of us. Steven lasted once around the rink and then he was done. Ruth used the little ice walker some of the time and was able to skate both holding her dad's hand and independently with only one fall.

I, on the other hand, used the ice walker the whole time. And mostly felt like a fool doing it as people aged 2-70 passed me skating around the rink. But the reality is I likely wouldn't have made it off by hindquarters had I tried to skate on my own. It was a little rough on my ego being the least skilled on the ice. But I also recognize I won't get better any other way. I worried about using a "crutch" to learn and have concerns that I might be less equipped to go it alone down the line. But, I figure learning to get and keep my balance without breaking any bones is a bonus this season.

I am not graceful on the ice. I am not confident. I am not skilled. And I'm not fun to watch (unless you want a good laugh, which may be worth it). But I am trying. I think all too often as adults we fall into habits of the familiar--doing things we know we can do without stretching ourselves to do something more or different. Learning is good for us. Failing is even good for us. Persistence is good for us.

I don't know what your new thing might be, but I would encourage you to try--to stretch and reach and fail with the hope ofsticking with it and getting better.


Here's to new things!
Pastor Debbie


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