Our family loves to water ski.
In fact, we grew up going to the lake… with friends, with our youth group, and with other families.
And, during those trips to the lake, we loved to teach newbies how to water ski. Little children were especially fun to teach to ski.
For just such occasions, we came up with some very specific lake rules.
In fact, we affectionately called these, “The Rules of the Boat.”
Rule One – Pull your legs in tight while waiting to be pulled out of the water. This holds your two skis together and gives you balance.
Rule Two – Yell, “HIT IT,” when you are ready.
Rule Three – Relax and let the boat pull you out of the water.
Rule Four– Hold on tight and don’t let go of the rope until you are standing up and skiing. Then, you can drop when you get tired.
Most of our novice skiers did great with the first three rules.
They would tuck in tight and ready themselves to be pulled out of the water by the boat. Eventually, they would yell, “Hit it!” And, most of them would just roll right up to their feet and stand on those skis.
But, the rule that was often disregarded was,
“Don’t Let Go of the Rope.”
I can’t tell you how many times a new skier would hold on, roll up, and be standing only to look around, see the waves, panic, and let go of the rope.
Just as they were starting to experience some success in skiing, they would give up and let go of that rope.
Isn’t that what we often do in life as well?
We follow the rules and we start to have success. But, we start to look around at the waves, the other boats, the lake, and we start to panic.
Or, we psych ourselves out and think we won’t make it or we can’t do it.
I don’t know what you are dealing with or going through today, but I’ve partnered with a friend today to discuss this issue.
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