LEARN TO IMPROVISE
Series: Take Back Authority Over Your Life
It is Christmas season here at the Emhoff house so we are beginning to decorate the house. Nolan, my seven-year-old, was helping me carry boxes of decorations up front the basement. I handed him a box that he could barely handle. It was heavy for him but he tackled it anyways. I was right behind him as he started up the stairs. He was obviously struggling to clear each step. I watched him pause and think about his situation. He then began to put the box down on each step, gather his strength, and lift it to the next step to do it all again. I felt the slight pull of frustration in me as I realized it was going to be a long trip up the stairs waiting for him to go through this ritual at each step. Right at that moment Nolan, without taking away his concentration on the box, said to me, “Look Daddy, I improvised.” Instantly any bit of frustration vanished and I smiled the wide, proud smile of a parent when their child says something beyond their years. “Yes, buddy. Great job improvising!”
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We can learn something from Nolan here. Especially in this time where so many things are different than what we have gotten used to. This is a season of improvising. Trying new things. The danger is when we hold on too tightly to what was. The quicker we surrender what was or (in our opinion) should be, the quicker we can find the good in what is.
Nolan didn’t give up, ask me to take the box or worry that the box was too heavy. He paused, re-evaluated and improvised. Where do you need to pause? What needs to be re-evaluated in your life. How can you find a creative new solution to things that are changing?
Take back authority over your life by surrendering what was and improvising new solutions