Today’s Spiritual Prescription:
I double dog dare you.
I triple dog dare you to skip AND be sad or angry or discouraged at the same time. But know this. I have concluded, from numerous testings, that it is impossible!
Now my husband believes that he could both simultaneously be angry and skip. But this is what I think. He might be able to begin skipping while being enraged (that image alone makes me giggle), but I truly doubt his anger could outlast a worthy amount of skipping.
There is just something about skipping that lightens my heart. Perhaps it’s because it literally gets my heart going, producing those calming endorphins. Or maybe it’s because I’m feeling silly—like I’m a carefree child again.
I remember being slightly embarrassed, yet somewhat intrigued, when my 50-something mother came skipping toward me on my college campus. Why on earth was she skipping?
As I approach the age my mother was back then, I’m realizing the importance of not taking life too seriously. I love the fact that Jesus tells us that to enter the Realm of God we must “become like little children” (Matthew 18:1-4).
In this scripture, Jesus was implying that his adult listeners needed to humble themselves and be willing to accept the lowly position that children carried in that culture. But I’m going to also believe Jesus understood that children have a special way of seeing the joy and beauty all around them. Most are not weighed down with the weight of the world. What a wonderful way to live life—at any age.
So…here’s your Spiritual Prescription:
The next time you are feeling out of sorts, I want you to skip. Skip in your neighborhood, down the halls of your workplace or your school. Skip in the grocery store, in the local park or even in your own home. Skip with your friends, your children or your grandchildren. If you must, you can do it alone under cover of night.
Give it a try and let us know here at Desert Sojourn
how high your spirits got!