lessons from a bounce house

Wynter’s birthday was this past weekend and to help her get “jiggy wit it,” we brought in a 40 foot obstacle-course-bouncy-thingy. Needless to say, the party-goers had a blast!

Until the injuries started.

The girls weren’t following the natural flow of the obstacle course. They’d sit on top of the slide. They’d attempt to climb up the slide. And run through the course from finish to start … which is why you can’t see any of the 15 party-goers at the starting point … they’re all climbing through backwards.

When I realized what was happening, I stepped in and told them they needed to follow the course the way it’s intended or injuries would continue to occur. And sure enough, wouldn’t you know? As someone was coming down the slide, the final step of the course … another girl standing at the exit decided to jump in, got hurt, and came out a bundle of tears!

As the party ended and we were cleaning up, it struck me again and again that rules are set for our protection.

How many times do I try to bypass the “entrance” and take a short cut through the exit … only to end up disappointed, injured, and in a bundle of tears?

God’s given us a rule book and guide to follow. And He gave it to us for a reason. For our own good.

This is an extreme example, but think about it … if those ten commandments hadn’t come down, and we had no moral compass … would we know it isn’t okay to kill people? To steal? To have sexual relations with whomever we pleased? Can you imagine that world?

God tells me to never stop praying. He tells me to put no idol’s before Him {that would be anything that takes my time and attention away from Him}. He tells me to love my neighbor as I love myself. He tells me not to worry or be anxious. He tells me to trust Him with the plans He has for my life.

Yet how many times do I try to skip the course He’s laid out for me and go through life jumping head-first into the exit?

Not cool Tracie, not cool.

Sometimes it takes that knock on the head and puddle of tears for me to remember I need to follow the course the way He’s intended or injuries will continue to occur.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

This entry was posted in faith, inspiration. Bookmark the permalink. Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.
  • Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God
    whose ways you may not understand at the time.
    :: Oswald Chambers ::


  1. Posted November 8, 2012 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    i was sure that this post was going to be about how YOU went through the obstacle course :) but your lesson is so much better… and the truth in it?!?! oh yes. thank you for the reminder! i am a shortcut girl to the core… but oh His plan… it is perfect just the way He wroted it.

    (and, my goodness!!! you could have fit a 2nd bounce house thingy back there!!!)
    dawn recently posted..to encourage

  2. Susan Lesperance
    Posted November 8, 2012 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    Tracie, I love how you are able to find a lesson in everyday life to help guide us to better understand God and his rule book (the Bible). This story is a perfect example. Thank you for sharing your faith, knowledge and wit with us. I feel more blessed with you in my life. Always, Susan

  3. Posted November 8, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    Paul spoke to the youth group Sunday night and talked about how when we sin it opens our eyes to a new understanding of sin – we can never go back to the innocence we once had.
    In line with what you’re saying about the rules being there for our good, they really, really are!! Not simply to keep us from getting hurt in that moment, but also to help us maintain an innocence that, once lost, is lost forever. (not the loss of forgiveness and grace and fresh starts, but scars still remain.)

  4. Posted November 10, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    Brilliant analogy and timely lesson! Thanks!
    Lisa recently posted..Quiet. Ness.

  5. Posted July 3, 2014 at 7:07 am | Permalink

    Utilizing marijuana may be the healthier and cleaner solution of experiencing pot.
    They should also be placed in crawl spaces if that area
    of your home is very humid and moist. Sometimes it may
    just be that the ventilation system is plugged up and all it takes is a for the problem to be solved.
    http://www. recently posted..http://www.dailymotion.com

  6. Posted July 11, 2014 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

    Reward yourself when you meet key events, like your first day or 7 days without smoking.
    attention to your kids can provoke them to
    do this things. f) Electronic cigarettes are legal to
    use where smoking bans are in place.
    cig guide recently posted..cig guide

  7. Posted July 13, 2014 at 4:41 am | Permalink

    The brand is considered the country’s leading manufacturers developing swimwear made for children that has a
    UPF 50+ rating across its range. Everyone is able to news is always that
    the summer season includes swimsuit season. Think about a one piece or a tankini that offers
    the material to cover up that stomach.
    Stepanie recently posted..Stepanie

  8. Posted July 15, 2014 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    For this very reason more and more people are searching for work from home jobs
    in Kolkata. They give you the knowledge to
    become informed citizens, succeed in your chosen area of field, and
    to reach above and beyond for scholarships to Universities and Colleges.
    If you have excellent abilities and if you remain to be professional
    in your area of expertise, then these work from house jobs will
    match so well and helps to make money also.
    high paying jobs recently posted..high paying jobs education the

  9. Posted July 19, 2014 at 12:09 am | Permalink

    20 – Soldiers will depart Idaho from
    three locations for Camp Shelby, Mississippi for about 2 months of mission-specific training.
    Maintaining pressure on the foot brake when stopped will keep the brake lights on making the car
    more visible to vehicles approaching from behind.
    Step 3-Loosen The Hinges On The Bicycle Training Wheels With Increased
    Angle – This will take the comfort level that was gained in the last step, and
    increase it to a whole new level.
    Nancee recently posted..Nancee

  10. Posted September 23, 2014 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

    was two-fold: it gave Krzyzewski access to younger players trying out for and competing on the U,Jordan 5 3Lab5 BlackInfrared. the upcoming season for his Blue Devils,Air Jordan 5 Oreo. Hickson averaged 11. too. Jones blocked 162 shots and averaged 11. He was 64. ” Roberts said. and to the extent it needs any tweaking, the team itself was forced to represent the interests of a despicable man while simultaneously attempting to carry out a lifelong dream of winning a title.” Silver said.” During

  11. Posted October 3, 2014 at 4:14 am | Permalink

    Here with a simple HTMLAt last, the approach of the second field or semi, both players want to be on, and pulling his ability in this game! The wwW ybdu..OhAs one of the long-established and Sampdoria shell Serie A, despite the strong ability 靑年 shell with nature, they are the results of recent unstable, but in the end when he was young, he is really strong in Europe, the fame of absolute power to be reckoned with.Oh3 from each team race from this extraordinary book, Fei European i

  12. Posted November 3, 2015 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    s not supposed to touch the floor,32It was incredible to see the way your career kind of follows this growing understanding of what??s happening to the oceans Never mind that he just explained how moving past Robin, finally,Cheap Lebron 13 For Sale, was the best thing possible for him because it meant he was ready to meet their mothers irrelevant for my brand People told me I was in the wrong place to be doing thisWhat no one tells you, of course, is that the former inevitably turns into the lat

  13. Posted November 4, 2015 at 4:55 am | Permalink

    Well I truly liked reading it. This article offered by you is very effective for correct planning.

  14. Posted December 3, 2015 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    There are some fascinating deadlines in this article but I have no idea if I see all of them middle to heart. There’s some validity but I will take maintain opinion till I look into it further. Good article , tnx! and we wish more! Added to FeedBurner as nicely:go to our site: jericbox.com

  15. Posted January 4, 2016 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    This is gipelris the best weblog for anyone who desires to seek out out about this topic. You realize a lot its almost arduous to argue with you (not that I actually would need…HaHa). You undoubtedly put a new spin on a topic thats been written about for years. Great stuff, simply great!

  16. Posted January 26, 2016 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    No matter if some one searches for his necessary thing, thus he/she desires to be available that in detail, so that thing is maintained over here.|

  17. Posted June 4, 2016 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful blog! Do you have any hints for aspiring writers? I’m hoping to start my own blog soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you recommend starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many options out there that I’m completely overwhelmed .. Any suggestions? Kudos!|

  18. Posted June 10, 2016 at 4:36 am | Permalink

    I am truly thankful to the holder of this web page who has shared this enormous piece of writing at at this time.|

  19. Posted August 24, 2016 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    managing agent London

  20. Posted August 24, 2016 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    vintage laptop desk

  21. Posted August 24, 2016 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    vacation george

  22. Posted August 24, 2016 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Would you be curious about exchanging links?

  23. Posted September 2, 2016 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    I have been examinating out some of your articles and i can claim clever stuff. I will surely bookmark your website.

  24. Posted September 5, 2016 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    If you happen to be even now on the fence: get your favorite earphones, brain down in the direction of a Great Order and talk to in direction of plug them into a Zune then an iPod and see which a person appears improved to your self, and which interface generates oneself smile further more. Then you are going to know which is straight for your self.

  25. Posted September 30, 2016 at 1:53 am | Permalink

    I really like reading through an article that will make men and women think.Also, thank you for permitting me to comment!

  26. Posted November 24, 2016 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    Well I truly liked reading it. This article offered by you is very effective for correct planning.

  27. Posted December 19, 2016 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    Heya terrific website! Does running a blog such as this
    take a lot of work? I have virtually no understanding of programming but I had
    been hoping to start my own blog in the
    near future. Anyway, should you have any suggestions or
    techniques for new blog owners please share. I know this is off subject
    but I simply needed to ask. Kudos!
    http://bit.ly/2hBUZfm recently posted..http://bit.ly/2hBUZfm

  28. Posted December 23, 2016 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    Love the site– very user-friendly and lots to explore!

  29. Posted December 29, 2016 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    This design is steller! You certainly know how to keep a
    reader amused. Between your wit and your videos, I
    was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Great
    job. I really enjoyed what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented
    it. Too cool!
    Francesco recently posted..Francesco

  30. Posted February 7, 2017 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    always i used to read smaller posts which also clear their
    motive, and that is also happening with this article which I am reading at this
    various infections recently posted..various infections

  31. Posted March 5, 2017 at 3:08 am | Permalink

    Hey very cool site!! Guy .. Beautiful .. Wonderful .. I’ll bookmark your site and take the feeds additionally…I’m happy to search out numerous useful info here in the post, we need develop more strategies in this regard, thank you for sharing.

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *


You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

share your last post?