"Mom, watch this!"
I heard this sweet command multiple times on our recent vacation. My head turned, or looked up, to find one of my sons trying to jump high enough to touch something just out of reach. One time Dylan took three huge leaps, then jumped to touch a beam above his head. Robbie tried to jump straight up to touch the low-hanging covering over a walkway. Josh (my 6'3", 16-year-old) just stood on tippy toes to touch his target.
As I watched them stretch, strain and try repeatedly to touch something beyond their grasp, I compared myself to them. I can't remember the last time I took a running jump to try and touch the ceiling. Is it gravity and a 40-something body that unite to discourage my attempts? Is it that I just don't care enough to see how high I can jump? Or, maybe I give up before I even try?
I wonder if there's something deeper here. Am I the only one who doesn't even try at times. Is it possible that some of us just stop trying to reach what looks to be out of our reach. Instead of backing up and going for our dreams with a running leap, do we just shrug our shoulders and keep walking ... thinking maybe the jumping and leaping is for other people who have a better chance? Or maybe we are just too tired.
One time I did try and see how high I could jump. It was painful at times, but it was worth it. I wasn't seeing if I could touch the ceiling, I wanted to write a book.
To be honest, it was hard to share that dream with others. One time I did, a friend said "Aren't there lots of books on that subject?" Another time when my dream seemed close to coming true, I told lots of friends. Only to have to go back and tell them all it was a false alarm.
I think that's a big reason why we are afraid to jump ... others will see us fall short.
Next week I'll be going to She Speaks. This is a highlight of my year. I love every minute of that conference. But I know there will be many women who are clutching a dream tight to their chests, afraid to even speak it ... afraid to reach ... afraid to jump. Maybe even regretting for a moment they signed up. But they are there. And I am SO PROUD OF THEM!
Here's one thing I know: God planted that desire in my sons to see how high they can jump. And God planted that desire in all those women attending She Speaks. And God planted a desire in you too.
Do you have a dream you've hidden in your heart? Maybe it's time to see how high can you jump.