Will You Jump Or Will You Fall?

There other night at dinner we were talking with our kids about the importance of positive thinking when our son, Noah, put it in his own words. I thought it was too good not to share.

Noah is a rock climber and he told us that focusing on the positive is a lot like doing a “dyno”.

“Uh…buddy, what’s a dyno?”


Noah explained that many times while bouldering, a climber is unable to reach his or her next hold because it is out of reach – their arms and legs are just not long enough. In order to grasp it they must jump to it, much like a frog or gecko. However, the natural response for us humans is to first look down.

“When you look down, you are more likely to fail and miss it. You have to look up and focus on where you want to go.”

What a great principle!

It reminded me of a great quote I saw the other day.

“Half the failures in life arise from pulling in the horse as he is leaping.” –   Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare

God created us with an innate desire to dream and then make those dreams come alive. But when we second-guess ourselves and pull on the reigns prematurely, we often fail or find ourselves stuck, clinging to the same rock with the same view as our body cramps up.

Jesus said He came that we may have an abundant life (John 10:10). We have to trust that He meant for us to live and to live it fully. It’s when we look up, let go and jump that we see the abundant life that He’s given us and experience the exhilaration of fully living.

It’s freeing and it’s how God meant for us to live.

Are there dreams that you are looking down on instead of living out?

What helps you to focus on the positive thinking?





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