One Step at a Time

“I – Can – Do – All…”   {Oh no! I’m falling!!}

“I – Can – Do…”   {Nope. Not gonna happen.}

“I – Can – Do – All – Things – Through – Christ – Who…”   {Getting slightly better.}

I was standing at one end of what looked like an endless circus tightrope. A nylon band only two inches wide and 40 feet long, tied off between two trees in our backyard. I was saying one word of Philippians 4:13 for each step I’d take, attempting to keep my balance while gracefully flailing my arms to adjust my weight on the narrow strap.

Slackline collageThose in the balancing art world would call this Slacklining. In my world, I call it Insane. But it’s an addictive insanity. For every time you fall off, something inside begs you to get back on and try it again. Maybe that’s the competitive side of me; the desire to do it better — and by better, I mean at least slightly better than last time. {Or it might have something to do with the fact that my husband can make it farther down the line than I can. And he looks much more relaxed in comparison to my panicked waving and flapping about.}

Now if you were to Google tips about successful slacklining, you would find a myriad of ideas. Some practice with shoes; others say barefoot is the best approach. Certain sites instruct you to start in the middle of the line, getting used to the feel of standing on one foot, focusing on balancing before even attempting to move about. Others say the best approach is to just start walking (or in my case falling), and try-try-try-again. But the one thing I found that they all seem to agree on, is looking forward. If you stare at your feet perched delicately on that itty-bitty narrow line, you’ll find it much harder to establish equilibrium. Focusing on something in front of you helps to maintain your balance and keeps you moving onward.

The book of Hebrews talks about this very thing. The author urges the reader to fix their eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2). Just as a runner focuses on the finish line, traveling forward with perseverance and precision, so we should concentrate on Jesus, the motivation, the reason, and anchor point of our faith.

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…”  ~ Hebrews 12:2

Sometimes, in fixing our eyes, God calls us to do some pretty big scary things. Some out-of-our-comfort-zone things. He may call us to write. Or speak. Adopt. Start a new job. Or move. When we answer “yes” to His promptings and begin to step forward in faith, we must keep our eyes glued on Him or we will topple and fall. With our eyes FIXED, or as the Greek implies: fixing our gaze upon; looking steadfastly, away from all other objects, we can see what lies ahead. The end goal is in sight. And as we concentrate with our eyes set on Jesus, we find ourselves moving forward, in obedience, toward the eternal prize. Closer and closer. Until we can taste the sweetness of the finish line.

Slackline FunThis concept has rocked every part of my world this past year with starting The Masterpiece Mom with Amanda. I never thought I’d be writing, podcasting, and sharing with you the most intimate parts of my life and faith. But God has been so clear in moving me from my state of complacency and reformatting my dreams into His custom-fit plans.

Maybe He’s stretching you too. In your mothering, in your marriage, in your ministry. Maybe He’s asking you to trust Him, drawing you closer and closer to His heart. Maybe He wants you to do less and look to Him more. Or simply be still. Wherever He’s calling you, may you find rest and hope in God’s perfect one-of-a-kind plan for you.

So let’s keep our eyes up, looking forward, and courageously follow the path He has set before us. He’s got something good up His sleeve for you and me. We don’t want to miss it. And if we lose sight for a moment and topple off the line, it’s okay. We’ll just fix our eyes on the prize and get right back on.

“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”  ~ Philippians 4:13


Anne-Renee Gumley

Anne-Renee is a full-time mom who works part-time at her family's party store. She has two children who keep her laughing, a husband who keeps her smiling, and an itch for writing that just won't go away.

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Anne-Renee is a full-time mom who works part-time at her family's party store. She has two children who keep her laughing, a husband who keeps her smiling, and an itch for writing that just won't go away.

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