Shake it Off

This is not a post about Taylor Swift. This is a post about the little one… The Pipes. Piper is about as excitable and full of life as they come. Everywhere Piper goes, she’s all in. She’s the ultimate people person. I have never seen a kid so focused on the one in front of her. She has a lot to teach me in that area.

But just like with every strength there can be a downside. She can get so focused on whats ahead, that she can forget about the things she is presently involved with. The most tangible example of this happens every day when I drop her off at school. As we get out of the car, the first thing she says is, “I WANT TO CARRY MY BACKPACK!” My response every day is, “OK, but you have to carry it all the way to your classroom.” Her response is the same, every day… “OK, sucker Dad!” Every day… I fall for it.

We head into the school backpack firmly in place but once we hit the entry door, everything changes. Where a few minutes before she was “all in” with the backpack, now she’s “all in” with school, seeing her teachers, and playing with her friends. The backpack hits the floor and off she sprints to her classroom. Every day. Without fail. Every. Single. Day.

I sound frustrated and it can be frustrating every day to have to pick up the backpack, chase my child, and remind her that she was supposed to carry it all the way. And everyone can spare me the parenting advice about not letting her carry the backpack. I know how I could solve it. But Honestly, I don’t want to solve it. “Then why are you complaining about it on your blog, bro?” Let’s just move on, ok!

Here’s why I have no problem with this scenario playing out every day: It’s such a perfect daily reminder of how I should live my life in response to who Jesus is. Check out this verse from Hebrews 12:1-2.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.

What a great challenge to go all in daily. To run after Jesus. While Piper is getting excited and going all in toward blocks, coloring books, and puzzles, she’s still going hard after what she feels called to and she’s not willing to let the weight of the backpack, (all the things that aren’t important to her at that moment) hold her back.

What’s holding you back? What’s weighing you down? What’s the thing that if you just let it go and let your father pick it up, you’d be free to run after everything you’re called to? I know I said this wasn’t a post about Taylor Swift, but her advice in this scenario is sound… Shake it Off.

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