A great friend from college called me this week. We talk from time to time and he brought up how much life has changed since we lived in a house together in college. We’ve each had difference paths with ups and downs. He’s single and been trying to figure out his “vocation” at the moment. I filled him in on how my wife and our two kids were doing. Our family had recently been to the circus when it came through town.
If you haven’t been to the circus before then you should go just to see the amount of stressed out parents. Yes, my wife and I were two of them. Despite the chaos, it was so much fun. We smiled. We laughed. We ate snow cones out of animal-shaped cups. We felt a little queasy. The kids wanted to be held. They ran in circles while we chased. We were exhausted but what an unforgetable experience.
Our time at the circus reminded me of the film, Parenthood directed by Ron Howard and starred Steve Martin. Pay close attention to this short exchange.
I think of that scene often because I relate so much to Steve Martin’s character. I react. I freak out. I over-analyze. I can be loud. I blame others. I even run away like a Monty Python and the Holy Grail character.
In life we are not guaranteed perfection. We strive to achieve some height we cannot attain here on earth.
“Then he (Jesus) said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must first deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23 (NIV)
I’ve always been challenged by Jesus’ calling for us in life because ultimately he does not promise us an easy life but one filled with many challenges. Ultimately there is “hope” by following him even when I feel the emotions of the circus or a rollercoaster.
As I thought about the circus and watched the rollercoaster scene again, they have become reminders…
-To lighten up.
-To laugh more.
-Keep going back to the circus and ride a rollercoaster
-That ultimately in life we will be fine.
Life is a Circus-Rollercoaster. It feels cliché but it’s true.
Enjoy the ride.