Take The Corners Wisely

Olympic skiers reminded me of an important life lesson this week. Watching a couple of ski contestants fly off the track failing to make a tight corner at the bottom of a hill got me thinking. Its not the simple straight stretches that get you, its the speed and the corners.

I have been negotiating one of life’s corners this week. My father died. We held a funeral, placed his ashes, mourned with family and friends, reminisced, laughed and cried. And the important point is this, we did it all with a certain care that required time and attention.

Like you, my life is full. I like to go down hill fast. I have lots in my diary and people are expecting me to fulfil various expectations. Sometimes I don’t have enough margin.

But on this occasion my dearest friends counselled me to slow down and take the corner well. Slowing down meant flying to Canada. It involved visiting friends, talking through details, and listening to family members unhurriedly, attentively and lovingly.

Another thing I learned, from this weeks’ ski commentary, is that you should look where you want to go. This is great advice when ploughing through a corner in life. Don’t get obsessed with the stuff in front of you or that is where you will fall. To paraphrase Paul, “Ski by faith”. This week I have been looking towards our eternal hope in Jesus Christ. The promises of 1 Thess. 4:13-18 have never seemed so important to me. I’m navigating a corner of grief with my eyes on the prize of resurrection.

Life presents many corners. Grief is a corner. Loss is a corner. New love is a corner. Deep disappointment is corner. Huge opportunity is a corner.

To win gold, take the corners wisely. Slow down and lean into God.

Posted by Allan Demond

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