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Lean Downhill

May 13, 2013 2 Comments

“I was tense, apprehensive. My basic problem was this: I couldn’t get myself to commit, to lean into it. You have to lean forward; you have to lean down slope. If you fight that, you end up constantly battling gravity and balance and the downward pull of things. The good riders just go for it – they commit, they lean into, and off they go. Then comes the joy.” – John Eldredge on Snowboarding from The Utter Relief of Holiness


M.Angel Herrero  via Creative Commons

M.Angel Herrero via Creative CommonsI live in Georgia so what do I know about snowboarding? However, as Eldredge intended it, it is a great metaphor for life and for leadership. It is so easy to look back to the mistakes and missed opportunities of the past that we move forward with fear. Is that really how we are supposed to live life?

Life is meant to be lived full bore. We need to look forward and lean into it. (Tweet this) Sure it is risky, but the rewards are so much greater. 

 How to Lean Forward

  •  – Understand that failure is OK. Learn to forgive yourself. (Tweet this)
  • – Do not look back on what could have been. Each day is a new day, so live it that way. (Tweet this)
  • – Do not let your current circumstances keep you from living life toward your dreams. Start today with that one next step towards your goals. (Tweet This)

I forgot where I heard it, but I read where someone described life as soaking wet sponge. They said their goal everyday to wring out every last drop of life. They want it all. 

 This is not intended to come across as self serving, but to encourage us all to lean forward into life. Whenever possible help someone else lean into their life. 

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 What keeps you from leaning forward?

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I am enthusiastic about helping others discover their purpose and grow into a deeper relationship with Jesus. It is great to see their eyes light up at their “Ah Ha!” moment when they discover they were created for something more. My hope is that this blog will help encourage and inspire you along your way. Join the conversation and take the time to share with me your own story. I have been married to my beautiful wife Janice for over 30 years. We currently live in McDonough Georgia with our daughter. Our two boys have left the nest and we have two wonderful grand kids. Of course we cannot forget about our dog Bear.