Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Life on the Trampoline

I don't get a whole lot of time to post and I hear it from my family, but I had this moment that I wanted to share. We had quite a week last week in our church family. While I was suffering from laryngitis I had a friend of mine in Atlanta for colon cancer surgery and then one of the great men of our church and a parent of one of my former cheerleaders passed awayat age 57 from liver melanoma. I was unable to sing at the funeral because of my voice but I think the Lord wanted me just to sit back and soak in what He wanted me to hear. It was definitely a week that makes you realize what is important. As I watched the video Mr. Walker's family made of the moments in their short lives together and listened as his children stood and talked about the legacy of Jesus CHrist that their father had left them I just sat and wept praying that I was laying that type of legacy for my boys. Our lives are just way too busy and I discovered that life isn't in the appointments or comings and goings but it's in the pictures that we take, the memories we put away, and the legacy we leave for our children. I was reminded of this on Saturday when we decided to let Jackson on the trampoline for the first time. He loved it and although Brayden about jumped him into the neighbor's yard, he was thrilled to be a "Big boy" now. But as I was sitting there laughing at them all I was suddenly made aware...this is one of those moments. I didn't want to get off. Just to sit there and reflect on the simplicity of that moment. When just bouncing up and down with those you love is the best thing that could ever happen to you. As most of you know though, it's impossible to have a reflective moment like that for long with three kids. So, as short lived as it was it will stay with me for a long time. And even now as this is the second day I've had to stay home with feverish children this week, I've tried as much as I can to put off the mopping (don't I always put that off?) and the laundry and use this as a time to spend with my boys. These days will be gone all too soon and I want to make the most of each of them. So when things get overwhelming and too busy, don't be too busy to just take a little time to sit on the trampoline.